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Stoller Family Estate 2017 Chardonnay, Dundee Hills, $25
Bill Stoller and his VP of winemaking, Melissa Burr, are among those embracing Chablis-inspired Chardonnay in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Their unoaked example spent nine months in stainless steel to better represent the three Dijon clones, 76, 95 and 96, planted across the 398-acre estate. An incredibly charming nose of Ambrosia salad, honeydew melon and banana leads to a refreshing drink filled with slices of lemon, Gala apple, a sense of minearlity and white peach skin on the finish. Its style may also appeal to fans of dry Riesling. It’s been a busy few months at the former turkey farm, where they’ve formed the Stoller Wine Group as a parent company for the Dayton winery, Chehalem Winery, Burr’s fascinating side project that is HISTORY, the new Canned Oregon lineup and their collection of vineyards that cover 258 acres throughout the North Willamette Valley.
Production: 6,400 cases