VOLUME 9, ISSUE 38
February 22, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Williams Selyem Estate Vineyard: A Description & Vertical Tasting Tasting Aged Williams Selyem Pinot Noir: Bottled Surprises Pinot Noir “Clone 95”: Dick Erath Revives an Old Treasure Failla Wines Sips of Recently Tasted Wines Hearty Burgundy Celebrates 50 Years Tasting Rooms Threatening to Overtax Healdsburg and Sonoma Pinot Briefs
Stoller Family Estate
Bill Stoller was born into a Yamhill Valley farming family and through his success with Express Personnel Professionals, which he co-founded in 1983, was able to make investments in the Willamette Valley wine industry. Together with his spouse, Cathy, they obtained part ownership in Chehalem Wines in 1993. That same year they purchased a 373-acre turkey farm on a knoll east of Lafayette owned by Bill's father and uncle. The property is fondly known as "Corton Hill" which references its similarity to the famed wrap around hillside in Burgundy.
A total of 200 acres of closely spaced Pinot Noir and Chardonnay have been planted since the property was acquired as a joint project with Harry Pederson-Nedry of Chehalem Wines. The current vineyard manager is Rob Schultz.
Stoller Vineyards was founded in 2001. Their first wine release was the Stoller Estate 2001 Pinot Noir. Stoller has Oregon's first and only LEED-certified, solar-powered, gravity-flow winery which opened in 2006 and is dedicated to producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. 100% of the 10,000 case annual production is estate grown.
Winemaker Melissa Burr has been on board since 2003. She was going to go into medicine and got her bachelor's degree at Portland State. She was accepted in the naturopathic college in Portland in the late 1990s, but decided that winemaking offered a better lifestyle. She took winemaking courses at Chemeketa Community College and did her first internship at Cooper Mountain Vineyards in Beaverton. When the assistant winemaker quit just before harvest, she was thrust in to the position of winemaker in charge of making 10,000 cases of wine. After two years, she became connected to the Stollers. She was the first head winemaker for Stoller (the wines had been made at Chehalem by Harry Pederson-Nedry). In 2003 and 2004, wines were made by Burr at Chehalem, and then moved to the Stollers' winery in 2005 which she designed.
Her challenge has been to control the vigor of the site and over time she has been able to see more consistency of flavors and wines with better balance due to maturation of the vines. She crafts a range of Pinot Noirs including several small blends, and both an Estate and Reserve Chardonnay.
A 9-hole disc golf course and bocce and sling ball are offered on the 400-acre property. Three vacation homes are offered for rent.
Wines are sold on the website. 323 total acres owned. Production is 15,000 cases, all of which is estate grown. Future estimates call for about 20,000 cases annually.
Articles About Stoller Family Estate
2012 Chardonnay All-Americans (9.17 12/26/2012)
2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Results (9.3 2/22/2012)
Chardonnays to Admire (9.12 10/1/2012)
Dundee Hills (7.7 12/17/2008)
Many Oregon Wineries Offering Pinot Noir for a C-Note or More (9.15 11/24/2012)
More Juicy 2010 Oregon Pinot Incoming (9.15 11/24/2012)
Oregon Pinot Noir Tasting (6.20 3/27/2007)
Pinot Briefs (9.11 9/11/2012)
Rece$$ion Bumpers (7.15 3/26/2009)
Ultimate Pinot Noir Challenge Results (6.1 10/15/2006)
2010 Stoller Family Estate Reserve Dundee Hills Oregon Chardonnay
13.5% alc., pH 3.31, TA 0.73, 883 cases, $28. Composed of high-density Dijon clone material (76, 95 and 96). Whole cluster pressed, commercial and native yeast fermentations, aged sur lies for 10 months in 18% new, 9% second fill and 73% neutral French oak barrels with battonage, cold stabilized and sterile filtered before bottling. · Pale gold color in the glass. Very fresh perfume of pears, lemon peel, honey and vanilla cream. Flavorful, with a core of green apple, pear, lemon and grapefruit flavors with a slight flinty note, finishing dry and slightly tart. A high acid rendition of Chardonnay that is primarily citrus driven. Very good. Reviewed October 2, 2012 ARTICLE »
2009 Stoller Family Estate SV Estate Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., pH 3.81, TA 0.51, 3,642 cases, $45. A selection of the best vineyard blocks and barrels in the cellar. Aged 10 months in 40% new and 60% neutral French oak. Pommard, Wädenswil, and Dijon 115, 667 and 777. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. A medium-bodied wine of considerable charm featuring aromas and flavors of black cherries, kirsch, and spice, well-managed oak and restrained tannins. Quite elegant, yet flavorful, showing the ripe fruit flavors typical of this vintage. Well-crafted and desirable. Very good. Reviewed November 24, 2012 ARTICLE »
2009 Stoller Family Estate Cathy’s Reserve Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., pH 3.90, TA 0.49, 88 cases, $100. Sourced from the oldest section of the property, a 4.6-acre block planted to Pommard clone. 100% de-stemmed, 7-day cold soak, native fermentation, aged 10 months in 100% new French oak. Four barrels were selected. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Deep, full-bodied, dark fruited, and earthy, offering a dense core of dark red and black fruits, a firm tannic backbone and impressive persistence on the satiny finish. Soft and luscious on the palate, but rather brooding at this stage. This is a connoisseur’s wine that will benefit from several years of cellaring. Very good. Reviewed November 24, 2012 ARTICLE »
2006 Stoller JV Estate Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., $22. Estate grown grapes from younger hi-density vines. · Nicely spiced cherry fruit forms the basis of this medium body wine which is accented by flavors of toasted brioche and oak. Good balance of t n ‘a. The oak peeks out more as the wine warms in the glass. Reviewed March 26, 2009 ARTICLE »
2006 Stoller Vineyards JV Estate Dundee Hills Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., 3,035 cases, $28, screw cap. Younger high density plantings. Clones 115, 667, 777, Pommard, and Wädenswil. De-stemmed into steel fermentation tanks, 7-10 days cold soak, 50/50 native/commercial yeast fermentation, aged 10 months in 35% new and 65% neutral French oak. · This wine is a strawberry rocket with plentiful strawberry notes prominent among the melange of berries featured in the aromas and flavors. The nose offers oak vanillin and caramel as well. Really tasty with enough mid-palate richness to stand up to substantial food. Nicely balanced with a short, but tangy finish. Reviewed December 17, 2008 ARTICLE »
2004 Stoller Vineyards Cathy's Reserve Salud Cuvee
The Salud cuvee. An intensely fruity wine sporting plush flavors of berries and rhubarb with mild grainy tannins, subtle oak highlights and a dry finish. A big gulp. Tasted November 7, 2008 Reviewed --/--/--
2003 Stoller Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.5% alc.. · A big wine with a little alcohol evident in the nose and on the finish. A fruit-driven Cali style that some tasters abhorred. Reviewed March 27, 2007 ARTICLE »
2003 Stoller Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
This wine was reviewed in the PinotFile, Volume 5, Issue 40): 14.3% alc., 1,290 cases, $36. · A fruit-driven wine reflective of the hot vintage. The palate is sturdy, hearty, full and long with nice earth and ripe black cherry flavors. Subtle oak undertones are enticing. The cherries linger and linger on the long finish which is a tad warm. For lovers of New World-styled Pinot Noir, this is your cup of tea. Reviewed October 15, 2006 ARTICLE »
2003 Stoller Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.3% alc., 1,290 cases, $36. Harvest was the earliest on record for the Stoller Vineyard in this warm vintage. Yields averaged 2.53 tons per acre. A clonal mix of Pommard (59%), 115 (22%), 667 (9%), and 777 (10%). The wine was vinified at Chehalem using traditional methods. Aging was carried out in 60% new French oak barrels. · The palate is sturdy, hearty, full and long with nice earth and ripe black cherry flavors. Subtle oak undertones are enticing. The intense cherry essence lingers on the finish which is a bit warm. This Pinot Noir reflects the vintage and is a Caliesque fruit driven wine. Reviewed June 19, 2006
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