As if I wasn’t missing Oregon enough, I recently tasted three of the wines from Stoller Family Estate and now I miss it even more. These beautiful Oregon wines articulate everything the area is known for. The craftmanship lets the terroir sing.
I grabbed the 2018 Pinot Noir Rose for a concert on the beach and I could not have made a better choice. Fruity and rich, with great balanced acidity on the finish that just begs you to take another sip. Different from the sometimes expected rose notes of watermelon this rose has notes of bright red cherry and raspberry and just maybe, because I miss Oregon so much, a hint of their native marionberry. Despite the fruit, the wine is still dry and there is even a hint of white pepper. This wine retails at about $28, though depending on where you shop may find it for less.
The second wine I samples from the Stoller Family Estate is their 2017 Pinot Noir from Dundee Hills. Excellent earth, dark fruit and minerality give this lighter bodied red a great backbone and fantastic structure. This is both an elegant, yet easy drinking wine. Retails for $35.
The third wine from Stoller is their 2018 Chardonnay from Dundee Hills. Notes of crisp green apple, lemon and pineapple blend with light floral notes. This wine, while lovely on day one, was actually livelier and even more glorious on day two, so if you have a chance let it open a bit before drinking. Fermented in stainless steel it’s fresh without being overly acidic. This wine retails for $28.