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In the summer of 1994, Stephen Ross Dooley started his label Stephen Ross at Central Coast Wine Services in Santa Maria. By the next year he moved to Talley Vineyards to make his wines and in 1998 moved to Courtside Cellars/Tolusa Winery in the Edna Valley – a large custom crush winery that Dooley designed and helped establish. In 2004, Stephen Ross returned to Central Coast Wine Services for production. In 2008, a long term home was found in a building at 178 Suburban Road in San Luis Obispo. A tasting room was opened here in August, 2008 (Saturday and Sunday 11-5).
In 2001 he developed an estate vineyard planted exclusively to Pinot Noir in partnership with Talley Vineyards called Stone Corral Vineyard; it is located in the Edna Valley, a designated American Viticultural Area (AVA).
The wines are sold on the website and distributed in California. Significant discounts are available through the winery's Barrel Adopter Program.
The Pinot Noir lineup: Central Coast and Edna Valley appellation blends, Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir, Aubaine Vineyard Pinot Noir, and Stone Corral Vineyard Pinot Noir, the winery's flagship wine.
2007 Stephen Ross Stone Corral Vineyard Edna Valley Pinot Noir
15.2% alc.. · Dark in every way from the color to the nose (dark fruits, dark chocolate), to the flavors (black fruits). A big-boned brooding wine with a healthy tannic backbone and some persistence on the fruity finish. The alcohol is daunting, but is wellintegrated. Good. Reviewed April 8, 2010 ARTICLE »
2003 Stephen Ross Bien Nacido Vineyards Pinot Noir
13.6% alc., $40. · This wine is restrained in style with notable vegetal flavors on the finish. Reviewed August 24, 2007 ARTICLE »