Stoller Family Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2019

Medium ruby color; redcurrant, cherry, sandalwood, spice on the nose; cherry, strawberry, raspberry, cranberry, cinnamon on the palate.

Stoller Family Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2019

Dry; fine-grained tannins with balancing acidity (3.65 pH). Whole-cluster pressed, which imparts some stemmy herbaceousness and earthy notes. Finished in 15% new French oak, 85% neutral, so delicate pinot noir fruit rules with the oak merely a rumor in the background. Supple, refined even with the whole-cluster contributions. Classic lightness of an Oregon pinot noir with a bit more earthiness than Stoller’s Dundee Hills effort of the same vintage. Tasty, easy drinker. Versatile, very food friendly. 13.5% ABV

This delivers finesse and pinot prowess rather than ripe fruit dominance. Just for fun and intrigue, toss in a julienne slice of earthiness and stem-generated herbaceousness to keep life interesting. This flirts with ethereal rather than a red-wine, ripe-fruit callithumpian assault. Nice. Bigger, bolder—usually Californian—pinot noirs have their place. But so does the elegance and restraint of Oregon and Willamette Valley. This is an affordable, well-distributed entry into that refined world.

Stoller winery and tasting room (Mike Haverkate)
Stoller vineyard from tasting room (Mike Haverkate)

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.

Bill Stoller (Andrea Johnson)

Stoller gained part ownership of Chehalem Wines with Harry Pederson-Nedry in 1993. He founded Stoller Vineyards in 2001. Their 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. It is dedicated to producing pinot noir and chardonnay.

Winemaker 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 Family Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2019 is delightfully elegant, restrained, with an engaging touch of forest floor that keeps this interesting rather than vapid. Sleek, balanced juxtaposition of tannins and acidity. Burgundian effort on a budget without sacrificing quality. Pair with salmon and other fatty fish; lighter cuts of beef; veal; lighter cuts of venison; turkey and other poultry; baked or broiled chicken (not fried); pasta dishes; lighter, washed-rind cheese and nutty, medium-firm cheeses; gruyere and taleggio are classic pairings; manchego; mild cheddar, Dutch edam; blue cheese, gouda, sheep’s milk cheeses. $24-32

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Stoller Wine Group website

Stoller tasting room and solar panels (Mike Haverkate)