Julia Crowley of Snooth featured Stoller Family Estate‘s 2012 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir as a prime example of The terroir of the Willamette Valley. According to Crowley, Stoller is a model for sustainability and a gorgeous expression of how terroir enhances wine. An excerpt from the article is below.
Stoller Family Estate Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2012 – The famed Dundee Hills is where the first grapes were planted in the Willamette Valley, and it’s home to some of the state’s most world renowned wineries. The volcanic and silt soils here run deep, hold water well, and are somewhat rich. Sitting just 40 miles east of the Coast, the Coastal Range Mountains protect the region from the often extreme coastal climate while creating a microclimate that’s warmer than surrounding areas, allowing for steady ripening of the grapes. What was once a turkey farm is now a world class winery with four tiers of Stoller wines: Dundee Hills, approachable estate wines; Reserve, blended lots selected to showcase their flagship Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; Legacy, single clone bottlings of their oldest plantings of Pinot Noir; and Single Acre, micro-plantings of Riesling, Tempranillo and Syrah. Stoller is a model for sustainability with their net zero energy tasting room and balanced agricultural approach to viable farming. Their Dundee Hills “approachable” 2012 Pinot Noir is the spitting image of the expected balanced, terroir-driven Dundee Hills earthy, mushroomy Pinot Noir. Blackberries, dark cherries, root beer, fresh tobacco and loads of earth flow in silky waves from the front of the palate to the back. Delicate tannins and lively, lovely acidity create a well rounded, truly approachable Pinot that is smooth, elegant and most definitely food-friendly. When wine enthusiasts around the world think of a typical Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, this is it. It’s a gorgeous representation of what the land lends to the fruit.