Despite a harvest that came with historically low yields and wildfires in the region, Stoller’s Kate Payne Brown worked closely with viticulturist Jason Tosch’s team to produce one of the Northwest’s best examples of Pinot Noir crafted into a white wine of elegance. It spent 10 months in a program of 20% neutral French oak and then six months in concrete prior to bottling. Complex aromas include Ambrosia salad, cherry skin, lime juice, jicama, fresh-picked snap peas and a sense of flintiness. The palate is loaded with white peach, and the time in concrete builds the pleasing mouthfeel that offers a bit of crushed pear yet is abundantly bright, finished with a nibble of apricot skin. Suggested fare includes roasted chicken with grilled Brussels sprouts and blanched green beans.
Rating: Outstanding! — 90 points
Production: 693 cases