Your Thursday wine: Stoller Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Oregon

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Winemaker Melissa Burr only uses estate-grown fruit for Stoller’s wines. (Image by Carolyn Wells-Kramer courtesy of

STOLLER FAMILY ESTATE is a premier winery in Oregon’s Dundee Hills AVA in the Willamette Valley. It boasts the largest contiguous vineyard in the Dundee Hills on a 400-acre tract that originally was the family farm of proprietor Bill Stoller.

Bill Stoller planted his first acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in 1995 and proceeded to build a winery and tasting room that would be the showplace of the valley. Designed for environmental preservation, Stoller Family Estate became the first winery in the world to achieve LEED® certification at the Gold level. This amazing property offers panoramic views of Mt. Hood.

Stoller Family Estate Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2012, $30: This Oregon Pinot from the highly regarded Stoller Family Estate signals the quality coming from this winery, where all the wines are made from estate-grown fruit. It has that bright raspberry, cherry, earthy, sweet bacon fat character typical of Oregon Pinots, with a touch of cola on the midpalate and a seamless infusion of oak. Such pure flavors, complexity, balance. Tannins are silken, acidity is firm.

Stoller Family Estate Reserve Chardonnay Dundee Hills Oregon 2013, $35: This Chardonnay comes from Stoller’s oldest vines and is crafted from the best lots. Infused with oak, supported by acidity, packed with elegant fruit that’s dry and still young and developing — this wine exemplifies the quality of Oregon wines today. Aromas of pear, baked apple, quince and toasty, spicy oak echo on the palate.

Stoller Family Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2012, $45: The wine is made from Stoller’s  best vineyard blocks and barrels. It has tremendous varietal character, good body, nice integration of oak, acidity, round tannins. Aromas of cherry, plum and pomegranate are followed by flavors of dark cherry, raspberry, vanilla bound in sturdy acidity and supple tannins. It’s barrel-aged 10 months in French oak — 35 percent new. Alcohol is 14.1 percent.

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An aerial view of Stoller’s state of the art winemaking facility and tasting room. In 2006 Stoller achieved LEED certification at the Gold level for its high degree of environmental efficiency. Solar panels, for example, provide all of the energy to run this property. (Image by Mike Haverkate; courtesy of