2009 Chehalem Pinot Noir Stoller Vineyard

Year: 2009
Appellation: Willamette Valley
Country: USA - Oregon
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 91
Red Wine
Price :

"Light and juicy, this is bright with plum and currant fruit playing against refined tannins and fragile acidity, lingering on the transparent finish. This has all the elements, just needs cellaring. Drink now through 2017. 464 cases made." (WS)

"The 2009 Pinot Noir Stoller Vineyard raises the bar. Medium ruby red in color, it displays an inviting bouquet of cedar, spice box, brown sugar, incense, cherry, and raspberry. This sets the stage for a velvety-textured, savory wine with good balance, succulent fruit, and good length. It offers a drinking window extending through 2019.

Chahalem-s new Pinot Noir releases are uniformly excellent to outstanding. Chehalem invests considerable effort into its white wine program. While these wines are not the focus of this report, they merit mentioning because every one of them is a very good to outstanding value:" (WA)

"Deep, bright red. Blackberry, cola, violet and mocha on the nose, with complicating notes of Asian spices and musky herbs. Fleshy and penetrating on the palate, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors braced by gentle acidity. The dark berry note recurs on the long, sappy finish, which features a sexy floral quality. Delicious right now." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
This single-vineyard designate is predominantly from the densest plantings of Pinot Noir at our Stoller Vineyards and provides great concentration of fruit, with good acid backbone. There typically is an earthy, sweet cherry fruit core, soft and broad, with occasional threads of herb.