Stoller Vineyards Dundee Hills
This is the sister property of Harry Peterson-Nedry’s CHEHALEM. The Stollers are co-owners there and the same applies here. One of the key differences between the two operations being that the wines here are produced from estate fruit whereas at Chehalem a range of examples from a number of sources are created. Vineyard plantation work started in 1995, and the vines are close spaced, mostly to Pinot Noir. The south facing exposition, free-draining rocky soils and a range of different clones adds to both complexity and quality. The JV Estate label wines are more fruit driven and approachable. The well-priced rosé is solely Pinot Noir and is vinified from a combination of direct pressing and a short skin maceration. The Dundee Hills Pinot Noir is, as you would expect, the softer of the Pinot bottlings with both getting a cold-soak prior to fermentation. Ageing is similar, around 10 to 11 months in wood with the more structured and complex mineral qualities of the Reseve Pinot determined by a selection both from the best vineyard plots and the best barrels. The Reserve Chardonnay is rich and honeyed with a concentrated buttery texture as well as sufficient mineral acidity for balance. The wine is in a typical barrel-fermented Chardonnay style, vinified on lees although only partial malolactic ensures that freshness of fruit. (DM)
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