EnRoute Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, “Brumaire,” is named for the fog that gently envelops the vineyards in Russian River Valley, creating the perfect climate to nurture our fruit to ideal ripeness. A discrete group of select clones and growing areas combine to produce the “Brumaire” blend. The Wente clone benefits from the warmth of the northernmost vineyard along Westside Road and contributes an oily texture and tropical notes. The Rued clone, grown in the cool climate of Green Valley, brings beautiful perfume and floral notes to the wine. The Heritage clone provides notes of pear and citrus from a vineyard cultivated in the Goldridge sandy loam along Vine Hill Road in Sebastopol.
The 2013 EnRoute Chardonnay, “Brumaire,” is a beautiful light-green, almost pale-gold, color with dazzling aromas of peach blossom, citrus zest, wet stone, jasmine and toasty oak. On the palate, the entry is bright with tropical and citrus notes, followed by an oily midpalate with a natural acidity that lasts through a mouthwatering finish.