Thursday, September 1, 2016

Stoller Family Estate Chardonnays

Stoller Family Estate Chardonnays

The Stoller Family Estate  property spans 373 acres with approximately 190 under vine on elevations ranging from 220 to 640 feet. The vineyard is divided into 101 sections of seven varieties: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Tempranillo, Syrah and Pinot Blanc. Stoller wines are made exclusively from their estate vineyard. This former family-owned farm began its road to becoming a winery in 1993, when purchased, and continued in 1995, when 10 acres each of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay were planted. Today, in addition to these signature varieties, the vineyard also grows Pinot Gris, Riesling, Tempranillo, Syrah, and Pinot Blanc. It features North America’s first LEED® Gold certified winery and is a solar-generating, gravity-flow winery. The winery is both LIVE (Low Impact Viticulture and Enology) and Salmon Safe certified. When planning a visit, immerse yourself completely by staying in one of three guest homes located on the property. All have amazing views of the vineyard.

Tasting Notes:
This is a study in contrasts. The 2015 Dundee Hills Chardonnay (SRP $25) is all about ripe tree fruit, floral and melon flavors, tart citrus notes and crisp acidity, perhaps due to it being unoaked and spending its time in stainless steel. On the other hand, the 2014 Reserve Chardonnay (SRP $35),  exclusively sourced from the oldest Dijon clone plantings, is barrel fermented and aged in French oak for 11 months, resulting in similar aromas and notes to the above, yet in a much deeper and nuanced way, adding spice and a more opulent mouthfeel. Both are great examples of how differently this varietal responds depending on the winemaking techniques.
*Wines provided for editorial purposes - all opinions are my own.

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