This bottling is a snapshot of the transition at Chehalem Wines in that the 2017 vintage marks second-generation winemaker Wynne Peterson-Nedry’s final crush at the winery founded by her father, Harry. Their longtime assistant, Katie Santora, moved into the head winemaking role in February 2018 when Bill Stoller took over full ownership. Santora’s flagship bottling of Pinot Noir remains 100% estate with Wind Ridge (38%), Ridgecrest (35%), Corral Creek and Stoller vineyards coming together dominated by bright purple fruit from start to finish. Aromas and flavors of blueberry, plum and pomegranate are joined by chai spices, backed by Bing cherry juice and a nibble of Western serviceberry. Enjoy with Pinot Braised Beef and Ham Napa Cabbage, a recipe provided by Becca Richard, culinary director for the Stoller Wine Group.
Production: 4,110 cases