2017 Legacy William H Stoller Pinot Noir
Bill Stoller is a reserved, thoughtful man with a true love for our estate - his home. This wine is an exclusive assemblage of our most expressive sections in the vineyard from the 2017 vintage. These sections were handpicked and co-fermented with the intent to make the most elevated expression of our Pinot Noir. It was aged in French oak for 18 months before spending another year and a half in bottle to amplify the character of our site, the vintage, and the legacy Bill has cultivated over the last 25 years. With only 100 cases available, the William H. Stoller Pinot Noir captures intensity and concentration in the glass. It shows bright red fruit, freshly cut timber, and sandalwood on the nose. The palate is supple, showing marionberry and hints of black tea leaves that carry through the finish. This wine is a true reflection of the thoughtfulness and reserved qualities of our founder and our home in the Dundee Hills.
The 2017 vintage is classically Oregon. Despite a cold winter and cooler than normal spring, ideal weather after flowering created a healthy fruit set, with as much as 20% more berries per cluster than average. Summer was dry and hot, but vines saw little drought stress. By September, everything was on track for a traditional, “normal” harvest in the Willamette Valley, with outstanding quality. The harvest produced a bumper crop with intense flavor with perfect sugar and acid levels.