R. Stuart & Co.

Owner(s) Maria Stuart, Rob Stuart
Web site www.rstuartandco.com
 
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R. Stuart & Co.

Rob and Maria Stuart founded R. Stuart & Co. in 2002 in an old granary in downtown McMinnville in a neighborhood known as the "Pinot Quarter." Rob Stuart handles the winemaking and Maria manages public relations and collaborates with Trish Rogers on sales and marketing. Fruit is sourced from 20 vineyards within 32 miles of McMinnville and several vineyard-designated Pinot Noirs are produced each vintage. The flagship varietals are a Pinot Noir, a Pinot Gris, and a sparkling wine, Rose d'Or. The blended Pinot Noir, Autograph, is considered the quintessential Rob Stuart & Co. Pinot Noir. The everyday Pinot Noir wines are labeled Big Fire and Love, Oregon.

The winery's wine bar is located at 528 NE 3rd St. in McMinnville and is open daily except Monday. The wines are also available through the online store.

Reviewed Wines

2013 R. Stuart & Co. Ana Vineyard Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

12.9% alc., pH 3.79, TA 0.525, 43 cases, $50. · Light cherry red color in the glass. Demure aromas of cherry, strawberry and cranberry. Very delicate, bordering austere flavors of cherry and strawberry with soft tannins and a gentle riff of backing oak. There is no finishing fruit presence.This wine is well made, and displays the signature red fruit of the Dundee Hills, but doesn’t deliver enough fruit pleasure to excite. It may pick up weight and interest with more time in bottle. Score: 87. Reviewed December 12, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 R. Stuart & Co. Daffodil Hill Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

12.5% alc., pH 3.55, TA 0.57, 138 cases, $50. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Hi-tone aromas of spiced darker berries please upon opening. Noticeably more sappy than the other single vineyard wines in 2013 with more finish, offering a middleweight nucleus of marionberry and black raspberry fruits accented by a hint of dried herbs. Nicely crafted with suave tannins and integrated acidity. Score: 90. Reviewed December 12, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 R. Stuart & Co. Elkhorn Ridge Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

12.7% alc., 83 cases, $50. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Inviting perfume of ripe cherries and sandalwood. Elegant and charming, with a fresh and juicy mid weight core of black cherry fruit. Not a big wine, but very flavorful with adroit harmony in a very approachable style. Score: 91. Reviewed December 12, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 R. Stuart & Co. Hirschy Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.1% alc., pH 3.59, TA 0.51, 73 cases, $50. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. The nose leads with a mix of cherry and berry fruits and a hint of marzipan. Somewhat saucy flavors of cherry, cranberry and raspberry with inviting presence and length, finishing with brightness, noteworthy intensity and a subtle complement of nutty oak. Score: 90. Reviewed December 12, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 R. Stuart & Co. Menafee Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

12.1% alc., pH 3.78, TA 0.51, 63 cases, $50. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of cherry, strawberry and herb garden lead to a fresh and juicy core of darker fruit flavors including blueberry and boysenberry supported by balanced tannins. A little earthy, finishing with modest cherry goodness. Score: 89. Reviewed December 12, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 R. Stuart & Co. Weber Vineyard Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

12.7% alc., pH 3.65, TA 0.51, 73 cases, $50. · Light cherry red color in the glass. Nicely appointed aromas of red cherry, strawberry, sugar cone and Asian spice. Somewhat reticent in the mouth, with an array of light to mid weight red fruits backed by supple tannins. Very drinkable, but currently lacks nuance and inspiration. I suspect this will become more expressive with more time in bottle. Score: 89. Reviewed December 12, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 R. Stuart & Co. Autograph Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

12.8% alc., pH 3.71, TA 0.57, 155 cases, $60. · Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. Demure aromas of darker fruits with notes of forest floor, rose petal and iodine. Notable mid palate intensity of black cherry and black raspberry fruits with a savory bent. Nicely integrated tannins and oak, with a cherry driven finish of some intensity. Score: 90. Reviewed December 12, 2015 ARTICLE »

2008 R. Stuart & Co. Temperance Hill Vineyard Eola Hills Pinot Noir

Like most Pinots from the 2008 vintage in Oregon, this wine is quite concentrated with a big-boned core of sweet plum fruit. A good cut of acidity and complimentary tannic backbone moderate the heft. Still needs more time in bottle. Very good. Reviewed August 23, 2012 ARTICLE »