2019 Legacy William H Stoller Pinot Noir
NOTES FROM WINEMAKER, MELISSA BURR
Bill Stoller is a reserved, thoughtful man with a true love for the Stoller Family Estate, his home. This wine is an exclusive assemblage of our most articulated sections in the vineyard. These vineyard blocks were harvested together and co-fermented, with the intent to make the most elevated expression of our Pinot Noir. The resulting wine is rich with dark-fruited brambly earth aromatics. The palate is dense and attentive with notes of black licorice and rose petals, and a slight caress of tobacco that carries the plush tannins through the finish.
The 2019 vintage was a return to a classic Oregon growing season. Bud break, bloom, lag phase, and harvest dates all fell within days of the 2013 and 2014 vintages. Our estate crop was set on target with expected levels for all varieties. Moderate summer weather persisted, presenting very few heat spikes and delivering only one notable record-breaking day in June. Cool, wet weather arrived early in September, pushing ripening and delaying the harvest window. The conditions in late September and October returned to sunny days and brisk nights, allowing us to pick based on ripe fruit flavors and near-perfect natural acidity.