2009 En Route Pinot Noir, Les Pommiers, Red Russian Valley

12 May

Had a stunning experience today with a group looking for a wine featuring something a little less fruit forward than a basic pinot but with some dense structure and complexity. Offered a taste, and I demanded a bottle, of the En Route Pinot 2009. In spite of it being a pinot, this is a very good wine. The Red Russian Valley (Sonoma bordering Napa) has a great environment for pinot noir grape when well made and here’s a prime example of a winemaker putting some serious love into their work.The result:  fruit forward yet loads of structure, a purple-ruby hue with red raspberry and wildflowers on the nose, the first taste is bright red fruit, then hints of cassis & black plum, licorice and a touch of gravel. Black plum with perhaps rosebud on the well-defined finish. Nicely balanced acidity and fresh fruit along with the grippy tannins make it a medium body, which allows it to pair well with almost anything.  Delicious and flexible, it’s a rare organic made find that is worth the cost- about $50 in the store, double that in a restaurant. Solid buy. And looking at ratings online, shows 93 points- I agree. At this price, a great gift wine, too, but even better to drink.

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