Best Buy! The Stoller Wine Group describes this young brand as a collaborative effort among the winemakers at Chehalem Winery and Stoller Family Estate, and there’s definitely synergy at play. Bill Stoller’s myriad plantings of Pinot Gris include Corral Creek and four clones at Chehalem Estate Vineyard, so there are options available to Melissa Burr, Kate Payne Brown and Katie Santora. Their effort creates a nose of crème brûlée, Bosc pear and lime. Perhaps the hallmark of this example is the remarkable fleshy mouthfeel hinting at a blend of cantaloupe and casaba melon, followed by a bite of Royal Ann cherry and the finishing pulse of Key lime juice.
Rating: Outstanding! Gold medal — 92 points
Production: 2,838 cases