There are no shortcuts to a great bottle of wine. Extreme attention to detail, from vine to bottle, allows a great wine to reflect a specific place and vintage. These principles are evident in our Dundee Hills Chardonnay. This wine is a great example of the versatility of Willamette Valley Chardonnay.
The Stoller Family Estate Vineyard is the largest contiguous vineyard in Oregon’s Dundee Hills. The property spans 400 acres, with 225 acres dedicated to 108 unique sections. This Chardonnay blends a diversity of sections planted between 210 to 550 ft in elevation. These south-facing, tightly-spaced
vines are planted to Jory, the fertile and well-drained red soil that has come to define the Dundee Hills.
This wine opens with ample aromas of wet stone and lemon tart. Firm vibrancy braces the palate, conveying tension alongside satisfying flavors of persimmon and starfruit. The finish is clean and taut with fading plusher fruit flavors lingering on the palate. Though intriguing now, this wine should unravel in complexity for years to come.
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.
81% Stainless Steel | 11% Concrete | 8% Neutral French Oak
LEED-Gold certified green winery.
Gold certification, earned April 2006
With its solar-supported, multilevel gravity-flow winery built into a hillside, Stoller became the first U.S. winery to earn Gold. The winery and vineyard were established on the Stoller family’s former turkey farm, in the Dundee Hills, preserving agricultural use, rather than being built on an undeveloped site. By using gravity to move wine rather than pumping it, Stoller saves energy, along with improving quality by processing the wine more gently. The barrel cellar was placed underground, with a catacomb above it; to cool the cellar, nighttime air can be pulled in (even in summer, in this region, 55° F air is available for at least a few hours) by fans and passed through a thermal mass of gravel, which helps regulate the temperatures by acting as a "heat sink" or by warming very cold air. Among the locally sourced materials were beams, posts and stair treads of wood reclaimed from an old building in Portland, while the office chairs were made from recycled plastic soda bottles. Stoller is working to become carbon neutral by April 2010.