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Chehalem Stoller Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

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750ML / 13.8% ABV
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750ML / 13.8% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Stoller has always been a fleshy and beautiful site for Pinot Noir, but this is one of our favorites in recent memory. 2012 opened itself fully to great ripeness, with restraint, and showing perfect amounts of acid and fresh fruit. The deep garnet color speaks levels about the intensity of the vintage, aided by chewy tannins, cassis, leather, and rich mocha flavors. This one can age for eons, and may need a fat Ribeye steak for dinner. Move over Cabernet, here's Stoller 2012 Pinot!

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WS 91
Wine Spectator
Firm in texture, with mildly gritty tannins around a ripe core of black cherry, root beer and tarry, minerally flavors, lingering on the expressive finish. Best from 2017 through 2022. 426 cases made.
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
Classic Dundee Hills, it has concentrated black cherry fruit at the core. It's smooth, supple, balanced and forward. Light streaks of root beer and dark chocolate thread through the finish.
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Chehalem is considered a vineyard winery, aiming to reflect what the vineyard has produced, purely, with minimal processing and without compromising great fruit. Their name, Chehalem, translates to Valley of Flowers in the Native American language, Calapooia. It’s their goal to follow the example set centuries ago: to treat the land with great care and to continue the mission of creating a sustainable future.

Their story starts in 1990 with the inaugural Pinot Noir harvest at Ridgecrest Vineyard. As those wines were releasing in 1993, Bill Stoller joined as co-owner. He subsequently purchased his family farmlands at the southern tip of the Dundee with the vision of planting it as our second estate vineyard.

In 1995, they purchased Corral Creek, the vineyard surrounding the winery. It became the third estate vineyard.

In early 2018, Bill became the sole owner of Chehalem, and by July, they had become the sixth Oregon winery to achieve B Corp status. This rigorous certification assesses companies to ensure they meet the highest standard of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability.

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Home of the first Pinot noir vineyard of the Willamette Valley, planted by David Lett of Eyrie Vineyard in 1966, today the Dundee Hills AVA remains the most densely planted AVA in the valley (and state). To its north sits the Chehalem Valley and to its south, runs the Willamette River. Within the region’s 12,500 acres, about 1,700 are planted to vine on predominantly basalt-based, volcanic, Jory soil.

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Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”

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