2021 Stoller Pinot Noir Rosé
A cornerstone of our production for more than a decade, we intentionally harvest a mélange of pinot clones that are then whole-cluster pressed and fermented in stainless steel to achieve a balanced and bright style. Aromas of pomelo, Hood strawberry, and white nectarine leap out of the glass, almost obscuring more bashful undertones of wet stone and uncut grass. The palate is taut with initial juicy citrus flavors that give way to notes of dried flowers and a lingering hint of white tea and lime pith on the finish.
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 seemingly 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.
90 Points - Editors Choice, Wine Enthusiast