2016 Stoller Reserve Pinot Noir
Our 2016 Reserve Pinot Noir is a blend of our Pinot Noir clones. Revealing hints of a warm growing season, this wine opens with aromatics of black cherry, sandalwood and baking spice. The palate presents elegant tannins, carrying flavors of ripe tart cherry and cranberry. This wine can be enjoyed now; however, was constructed for longevity with proper cellaring.
Warm and temperate spring weather prompted an early bud break as well as perfect weather for ideal fruit set, thereby producing larger, luscious clusters with lots of berries. The consistently dry weather and summer sun beautifully ripened the fruit until the end of August when a cold front came in and slowed down the assumed trajectory of our harvest. The cooler temperatures slowed down the sugar accumulation of the fruit and allowed for a longer hang time on the vine. Consequently, we were able to bring in the fruit as the flavors presented themselves.