2010 Chehalem "Stoller Vineyard" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (Previously $50)

SKU #1169356 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Cherry, black raspberry, anise and cola on the fragrant nose. Plush and open-knit by the standards of the vintage, offering bitter cherry and blackberry flavors and a touch of bitter orange. Closes with excellent cling and energy, leaving spice and floral notes behind. This wine is already approachable, especially with some aeration.  (7/ 2012)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 There is a trace of reduction here but it's more of a background which allows the restrained and cool yet ripe mix of red, blue, briar and violet aromas to shine. There is lovely precision and vibrancy to the round and generous medium weight flavors that possess good mid-palate concentration. The attractively long and balanced finish coats the palate with dry extract and this should also deliver fine upside development potential. This isn't quite as refined as the Ridgecrest but it's more powerful and tautly muscular. Drink 2017+  (7/ 2012)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Ripe and focused, dense with licorice-accented black cherry and dark plum flavors that play against firm tannins on the refined finish. Best from 2014 through 2018.  (2/ 2013)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From ungrafted Pommard and Wadenswil vines, the Chehalem 2010 Pinot Noir Stoller Vineyard smells both of myriad fresh red berries and raw red meat. Tartness of rhubarb; nutty, bitter crunch of lentil sprouts; and a marine alliance of salinity and alkalinity serve for invigoration and fascination on a polished, incipiently silken palate. Long and mouthwatering, this ought to be fascinating to follow over the better part of a decade. (DS)  (8/ 2012)

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By: Keith Wollenberg |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/31/2014  | Send Email
For those of you who wrote off the 2010 vintage because it was cool, all I have to say is HAH! For those of you who think Oregon Pinot Noirs cannot age, another HAH! Thanks to too many critics who think that same way, those of us in the know get a smoking good deal. This shows lovely crunchy cranberry fruit on the nose, followed by focused and interesting flavors. If you are looking for a big, jammy pseudo-Syrah, avoid this wine. If you are looking for delicious, bright Pinot Noir with a bit of age, and a lot of character on the finish, GRAB some of this before the staff gets it all. Thanks to our special purchase, we are selling this to you at less than we once paid at wholesale. 'Nuff said.
Top Value!

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/29/2014  | Send Email
What an unbelievable value! The Stoller Vineyard from Chehalem is an ambitious, top level Pinot Noir that we are offering at a spectacular price. It has a generous bouquet of new leather and dried cherry and an incredibly silky texture. It takes time to get balance like this, and the extra few years have made all the difference. I can't wait to have this with some duck confit!
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2025

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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Oregon

- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.1