EnRoute Pinot Noir Team
Andrew Delos, Winemaker
Andrew Delos has been making Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma County for most of his winemaking career. Following graduation from the Viticulture and Enology program at University of California, Davis, Delos served as enologist with MacRostie Winery in Carneros. He then was appointed assistant winemaker at Pellegrini Family Vineyards in the Russian River Valley where he worked with Olivet Lane Vineyard, a source of many notable Russian River Pinot Noirs. Delos concurrently made the wines for several custom crush clients, including some of the most respected names in Russian River Pinot. Eventually, Delos became assistant winemaker at single-vineyard specialist Nickel & Nickel in Napa Valley, where he made wines from Napa Valley, Russian River and Sonoma Coast. When the winery partners created EnRoute in 2007, Delos was the natural choice for winemaker, given his background in Russian River Pinot Noir. In 2015, he was appointed president. Delos makes his home in Windsor, just a few miles away from EnRoute's Amber Ridge Vineyard.
Gordon Smith, Assistant Winemaker
A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Gordon Smith came to wine from a time of professional uncertainty. Having recently left a Chemistry PhD program at University of Santa Barbara, during which he acquired a taste for Pinot Noir in the Santa Rita Hills, he took a part-time job in a wine shop back in Nashville. One day, his manager asked him why, with his chemistry background, he wasn’t making wine. Smith worked his first harvest in 2010 at Williams Selyem in Russian River Valley. From day one, he knew he wanted to be a winemaker. To broaden his exposure to a variety of winemaking styles and varietals, he spent the next two years at a custom crush facility. Looking to return to crafting Pinot Noirs of the Russian River Valley, Smith returned to Williams Selyem in 2012. Before long, Smith was offered an opportunity too good to pass up: a chance to join EnRoute as the enologist, becoming the second employee at the winery. Since joining EnRoute, Smith has had the opportunity to work with some of the best fruit in the Russian River Valley, while also helping to build a brand new winemaking facility. In 2015, Smith was promoted to assistant winemaker.
Aaron Fishleder, Viticulturist
Aaron Fishleder was drawn to viticulture by the opportunity to help grape growers battle phylloxera through his research at University of California, Davis. A fifth-generation San Franciscan, Fishleder conducted rootstock trials during the height of phylloxera replanting in northern California, as a paid researcher while pursuing his Masters degree at the university. In later work, Fishleder developed his thesis focused on Pierce's Disease, and laid the groundwork for today's PD research. Upon graduation, Fishleder accepted the first staff viticulturist position with Napa Valley's Far Niente winery, where he advised outside vineyard management on the winery's estate vineyards. A few years later, Fishleder helped launch Far Niente Vineyards, a company separate from Far Niente charged with farming the vineyards owned by the partners of Far Niente, and sister wineries Dolce and Nickel & Nickel. Today, as president of Far Niente Vineyards, Fishleder and his staff farm the wineries' estate vineyards and outside client vineyards in Napa Valley, Russian River Valley and Green Valley.