Chehalem Stoller Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
This single-vineyard designate is predominantly from the densest plantings of Pinot Noir at our Stoller Vineyards and provides great concentration of fruit, with good acid backbone. There typically is an earthy, sweet cherry fruit core, soft and broad, with occasional threads of herb.
A moderate garnet and brilliant wine, this Stoller is as lush as it gets, with red cherry–black cherry aromatics, a soft and velvety palate, and a mix of fresh red fruit and earth flavors. It finishes with intriguing sour cherry and very light tannin. Perfectly balanced, with good acid in this cool vintage, even at our warmest site. Look for very long aging. One of the best vintages from Stoller, ever.
Wine Spectator - "Light and tangy, with a strong mineral character running through the deftly balanced plum and currant fruit, the airy texture letting the finish hang like a cloud with impressive length. Defines finesse. Drink now through 2018."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2008 Pinot Noir Stoller Vineyard exhibits a racier, slightly leaner, but elegant style with the focus on cherry and raspberry aromas and flavors. It is a wine of finesse that has concentration, precision, and balance. It will continue to blossom over the next 1-2 years and deliver prime drinking from 2012 to 2018. "
International Wine Cellar - "Bright ruby. Bitter cherry, dark berries, pungent flowers and dark chocolate on the nose. Juicy, pure dark berry and spice flavors offer very good depth and surprising precision. Nicely round if not exactly fleshy, with a youthfully bitter cherry skin note emerging with air. Finishes with supple tannins, a note of bitter chocolate and attractive lingering perfume. I'd hold onto this one for another three to four years before cracking it. 90(+?)"
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With two vineyards on either end of Chehalem Ridge and one in the Dundee Hills, Chehalem is dedicated to reflecting as purely as possible what the vineyard has produced. With minimal processing and without compromising great fruit, Chehalem wines promise good ageing but are very drinkable young. Production quantities of all Chehalem wines are limited, to assure ultimate winemaking control. View all Chehalem Wines
About Willamette ValleyView a map of Willamette Valley wineries (will-AAM-it)
Named for the river that runs through the valley from Portland to Eugene, Willamette Valley is home to some of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the Northwest. While along the same north/south line as Seattle, the Willamette Valley is protected from Pacific rains by the Coast Range on the western border and the Cascade Ranges to the east. Though sunshine is typically plentiful, rainfall can occasionally be tricky, and the wines here vary vintage to vintage. Within the Willamette Valley are are number of sub-regions, including McMinnville, Dundee and Yamhill.
Notable FactsThe valley is known for its Pinots – Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. With a climate similar to Burgundy – in rainfall, sunlight hours and other climate factors – Pinot Noir has flourished here. Pinot Noir in Oregon produces wines that are fruit forward, yet complex, some with good agebility.
Other than Pinot Noir, many wineries grow Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Pinot Gris from Oregon is delightful in its texture and food friendliness. Chardonnay in the valley adapts well to the cool climate and produces lean, elegant wines.
About OregonOregon has long been an agricultural state, producing everything from hazelnuts to cattle. The Willamette Valley in particular is a fertile basin for all sorts of produce. Not quite pegged as a wine state, in 1965, a UC Davis graduate named David Lett decided that the Willamette's climate mirrored that of Burgundy in France. With that in mind, he decided to plant some Pinot Noir clones to see how they did. And a good gamble it was. The Willamette is now one of the only regions in the world to focus solely on Pinot Noir as its red variety. Also known for Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. The southern part of Oregon has been slower in delving into the world wine market, but has been making excellent strides with their Rhone style varietals, like Syrah and Grenache. There are also coastal regions producing promising wines.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.