Stoller Family Estate – 9/29/18

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Stoller Family Estate

We had a free Saturday and thought it might be fun to visit a few places we’d never been before . . . We started with Stoller Estates, then on to a small tasting room for a large company called Cougar Crest and then we finished at Erath Vineyards . . .one of the ones that started it all for me.

 

2015 Chehalem 3 Vineyards Pinot Gris

Very light straw with nice viscosity

 

Bright stone fruit on the nose.

 

Equally lovely on the palate . . .the fruit and bright acidity come thru very well.  There are also some mineral notes on the finish.

 

“Showing brightness in an otherwise rich year, the Gris is complex, moderately weighted on the palate, with clean aromatics reminiscent of morning dew, stone fruit and honeysuckle, red apple, and melon. The palate is textural and long, accented by brightness and mineral notes, juiciness, clove, nectarine, and a lingering smooth finish. This is the epitome of Oregon Pinot Gris at its finest.

 

I don’t typically enjoy Pinot Gris. . .but this guy is an exception . . .even decided to take one home

 

 

2016 Reserve Chardonnay

 

20% of the production is barreled and fermented in New French oak for 11 months.  That helps to add that creaminess.

Light straw with nice viscosity

 

A little oak on the nose, but the fruit is subdued.

 

Tight acidity, quite mouth-watering . .but the fruit really isn’t present

 

“Our Reserve Chardonnay is a blend of our oldest Dijon vines on the property, which were planted in 1995. Whole cluster pressed to mitigate phenolics, this wine was barrel fermented. This wine aged in French oak for 11-months before spending another 6-months in stainless steel. Expressing aromatics of lemon curd, brioche and flint, the palate meets the nose with a citrus vibrancy and reveals a luxurious mouthfeel due to extended lees contact and balanced use of oak..

 

I’m not sure why I didn’t get the flavors and aromas described by the winemaker . . .

 

 

2016 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

Made from 6 distinct clones from 20 different sections of the vineyard

Gorgeous dark ruby in color

 

Loads of dark fruitiness on the nose.  Vibrant and welcoming

 

Good fruit flavors . . a bit tight. . . .needs some more time to loosen up.  Well balanced and just waiting for its time to flourish.

 

“Made with our estate Pinot Noir, this wine saw whole berry, native yeast fermentation before aging primarily in neutral French oak for nine months.
Notes of bright red fruit, baking spice, cola and earth are met with silky tannins, layers of complexity and a lengthy finish — a classic representation of the
Dundee Hills.d lees contact and balanced use of oak.

 

 

2016 Tempranillo

This wine was made from a single acre of vineyard fruit

Dark garnet in color

 

Aromas are mild

 

Smooth texture and grippy tannins, with a bit of spice.  This is going to be better after some more time on the shelf.

 

  Not great . . . just OK.

 

2015 Nancy’s Pinot Noir – Legacy Series

This wine was made from a single acre of vineyard fruit

Dark ruby

 

 Lots of dark fruit and forest floor

 

Silky. . loads of dark fruit flavors along with baking spice . . Great complexity

 

  A very elegant Pinot . . .

 

2017 Late Harvest Riesling

24% residual sugars . . .

Golden straw

 

 Wonderful aromas of apricots and peaches

 

Dessert in a glass, but surprisingly not at all syrupy.  Loads of peaches and honey flavors

 

  The right kind of finish to an evening . . .

 

2014 Gewürztraminer

Mostly clear

 

Nice fruit

 

Dry mid . .Not so much flavor . . .Sad really . .Expected more

 

2015 Chehalem 3 Vineyard Pinot Noir

Deep ruby color

 

Great dark fruit . . quite enticing

 

Mid palate is solid . . .leaning a bit dry but with good fruit

 

  This is one of those budget, good for any meal kind of wines.  We took one home.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][dt_fancy_title title=”Photo Gallery” title_align=”left” title_size=”h3″ title_color=”accent”][vc_media_grid element_width=”2″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1548873857429-54cfe93d-69e6-1″ include=”15510,15513″ css=”.vc_custom_1547503736891{margin-top: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row]


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