2014 Stoller "Reserve" Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

SKU #1280148 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Ranked #77 in Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2016* Balance, depth, detail and elegance are the hallmarks here. Pretty raspberry/cherry fruit comes up quickly, framed in proportionate acids and tannins. Streaks of malt powder, caramel and mocha weave through a long, subtle finish. (PG)  (8/2016)

93 points James Suckling

 Very perfumed with flower, peach and strawberry character. Full body, tight palate and a big mouthfeel on the finish. Shows structure and richness. Better in 2018.  (11/2016)

92 points Vinous

 Deep red. Pungent cherry, black raspberry, cola and floral aromas are sharpened by lively Asian spice and mineral notes. Succulent and gently sweet, offering juicy red and dark berry flavors and a sexy lavender pastille quality. Nicely energetic for the vintage, finishing with impressive clarity and persistence and smooth, harmonious tannins that sneak in late. This stunning, ideally situated vineyard - which looks remarkably similar to Burgundy’s famed Corton hill, right down to the crowning stand of trees - comprises just over 200 acres of vines on a 373-acre former turkey farm that owner Bill Stoller’s parents established in the early 1940s. Stoller, who was raised on the farm, assumed control of it when turkey production ceased in 1993, and the first vines, 10 acres of Pinot Noir and 10 acres of Chardonnay, were planted in 1995. Winemaker Melissa Burr, who started out working at Cooper Mountain in 2001, favors a style that tends toward freshness and forward fruit, with polished tannins that allow her Pinots to be drunk on the young side. The new oak percentage hovers in the one-third range, depending on the vintage and vineyard, which Burr thinks "strikes a nice balance for accessibility and also contributes some but not too much wood tannins and spice, which you have to be careful with when you’re dealing with Pinot." (JR)  (8/2016)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Reserve Pinot Noir comes from sections that tend to stand out in the vineyard and are kept separate during fermentation - looking for length and concentration. Matured in around 30% new oak and the rest neutral, it has a lively bouquet with raspberry jus and crushed strawberry with a hint of a vanilla coming through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, juicy tannin, plenty of crushed strawberry and cranberry notes, a hint of spice and cardamom with a well-balanced, quite dense finish that lingers nicely in the mouth. It is not overly complex in style, but the delineation and focus deserves a round of applause. (NM)  (6/2016)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 This round wine delivers generous cherry fruit with a peppery twist. That exuberant fruit will win you over with its simple, vibrant energy.  (8/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Fresh, inviting and open-textured, layering the plum, currant and floral flavors with lightly prickly tannins, coming together harmoniously on the finish. (HS)  (7/2016)

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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 (%): 14.1