2021 Stoller Reserve Chardonnay
NOTES FROM WINEMAKER, MELISSA BURR
Aromas of of lemon curd, ginger, and bergamot leap from the glass, surrounded by heady white floral notes and a flinty minerality. The palate is ebullient, carrying flavors of citrus, pear, and sweet honeysuckle, while the finish is long and graceful, lingering on flavors of citrus zest and marzipan.
The 2021 growing season was warmer than average in the Willamette Valley, producing beautifully ripe fruit with vibrant flavors. A dry spring led to lingering rain showers during bloom, which reduced the yield in some blocks. Then, an abnormal heatwave spread across the valley, with temperatures reaching as high as 115 degrees Fahrenheit. Fortunately, the fruit prospered as high temperatures occurred between bloom and véraison when berries were hard and less sensitive to damage. Temperatures tapered off prior to harvest, with warm days and cool nights, which allowed the fruit to ripen at an even and slower pace. Quick yet smooth, harvest started on August 21 with little to no breaks until we finished on September 26. The resulting wines are balanced with focused flavors, stunning fruit, gorgeous vibrancy, and incredible aging potential.