Stoller Vineyard - Dundee Hills
Pinot Noir 2008
Appellation: Dundee Hills
Yield: 1.9 tons per acre average
Volcanic red clay and loam – Jory soil
75 cases of 750ml bottles
Harvest date: 15th of October 2008
Harvest brix: 23.6
Hand harvested grapes — 100 % destemmed directly to tank ( but no crushing). Fermented in one Rousseau 2 ton French oak open top fermenter. Cap manually punched down twice a day during fermentation. Minimal cold soak and 14 days total on skins. Aged an average of 18 months in French oak barrels: 65 % new oak from Tonnellerie Rousseau (Allegro barrels) and Tonnellerie Saint Martin. Bottled on March 29th, 2009.
WINEMAKERS TASTING NOTES AND COMMENTSThis wonderfully typically Oregon Pinot Noir shows ample spicy fruit – a mix of red wild cherry, raspberry and cranberry balanced by dimensions of sassafras, briar and dried mushroom. Tannins are very fine grained and rounded, and evoke cocoa and sandalwood. Rounded out with just the right amount of sweetness from French oak, this elegantly complex Pinot Noir from the sustainably farmed Stoller Vineyard in the Dundee Hills of Oregon's Williamette will match perfectly with lighter meat such as chicken or duck, or fish such as salmon.