Stoller Family Estate 2011 Helen’s Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $70

By on December 9, 2014

stoller-family-estate-helen-pinot-noir-2011-bottleThere might be a little more pressure on Melissa Burr with the three Legacy tier wines — Cathy, Helen and Nancy — small-lot projects named for women whom have played major roles in the life of owner Bill Stoller. This four-barrel selection from Wadensvil clones planted in 1997, two years after the vineyard was established, is named after his aunt. Its fruit-forward approach leads with aromas of boysenberry, dark cherry and plum as the oak influence adds tar and allspice. On the pour, it’s more boysenberry with white strawberry and pomegranate, creating bright acidity on the midpalate leading to a finish of blueberry skins and dried currant. These wines are built to age, yet this shows beautifully already.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 85 cases

Alcohol: 12.6%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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