Stoller Family Estate Chardonnay, Dundee Hills 2021

Pale gold color; apple, pear, white peach, lemon, minerality on the nose; green apple, white peach, grapefruit, lime, pear on the palate.

Stoller Family Estate Chardonnay, Dundee Hills 2021

Dry; medium body, crisp acidity (3.23 pH), underlying tang to the sharp, clear fruit. 100% chardonnay fermented mainly in stainless steel, 81% stainless steel, 11% concrete eggs, 8% neutral French oak. After blending, the wines married in stainless steel tanks. Virtually unoaked style with tanginess and green apple and lemon tart notes predominant, softened some by the lees action achieved with the concrete egg fermented percentage. 12.5% ABV

Owner Bill Stoller is the founder and CEO of The Stoller Group, also the president and vice-chairman of Express Employment Professionals, and founder and CEO at Xenium HR & Employer Services. A native Oregonian, Stoller holds a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Pacific University and an MBA from Portland State University. His considerable successes in employment services allowed him to pursue his passion for wine.

Stoller founded Stoller Vineyards in 2001. The winery opened in 2006 as Oregon’s first and only LEED-certified, solar-powered, gravity-flow operation. Its drive for sustainability earned the winery the world’s first LEED gold certification. The winery is dedicated to producing pinot noir and chardonnay.

Bill Stoller (Andrea Johnson)

Vice president of winemaking Melissa Burr has been at Stoller since 2003. Burr says the challenge at Stoller is to control the vigor of the site in order to concentrate flavors. She strongly believes acidity plays a key role in balance and flavor, and this effort reflects that. The Dundee Hills are located southwest of Portland, OR, beside the Willamette River. Stoller has the largest contiguous vineyard in the Dundee Hills and the fruit for their wines is 100% estate grown. Lovely country, ecologically responsible winemaker, very nice wines.

Stoller VP of winemaking Melissa Burr (Carolyn Well-Kramer)

Today, the Stoller Wine Group brands include Stoller Family Estate, Chehalem, Chemistry, History, and Canned Oregon. The link below will lead you to more information about their various offerings. Stoller is a solid, easy choice as a go-to wine maker.

Stoller winery and tasting room (Mike Haverkate)

Stoller Family Estate Chardonnay, Dundee Hills 2021 is vibrant with crisp acidity and vivid fruit and aromas. Fermentation and aging primarily in stainless steel preserves aroma, acidity, and pure chardonnay citrusy fruit flavors. Percentage fermented in concrete eggs adds to complexity and a note of roundness, although this retains assertive tanginess and tartness through mid-palate. Pair with pork; rich fish—salmon, tuna, cod, mahi-mahi; shellfish; grilled chicken; vegetarian fare. Cheese—mild, semi-soft cheeses; mild blue, gouda, brie, goat cheese. $18-25

Stoller Family Estate website

Stoller Wine Group website

Stoller vineyard from tasting room (Mike Haverkate)
Stoller tasting room and solar panels (Mike Haverkate)