The genius of Oregon Pinot Noir

By on March 1, 2015

Chehalem Wines 2011 Stoller Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $50

chehalem-wines-stoller-vineyards-estate-pinot-noir-2011-labelThanks to Stoller’s vineyard manager Robert Schultz, winemaker Harry Peterson-Nedry hung in the pocket until Oct. 28 to complete a long TD toss during this latest harvest in Chehalem’s history. The gorgeous nose of black cherry, pomegranate, Marionberry, lilac and crushed herbs leads to a focused core of Rainier cherry, ripe raspberry and plum flavors. Fetching tannins and a finish of French vanilla ice cream make for a supple, luscious and sexy wine that should age gracefully. Suggested pairings include fowl, lamb, salmon and freshly foraged mushrooms. Though they’ve sold through this vintage at the tasting room near The Painted Lady in downtown Newberg, bottles are still available via Amazon.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 413 cases

Alcohol: 12.6%

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