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2003 Stoller Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 1,290 cases, $36. Harvest was the earliest on record for the Stoller Vineyard in this warm vintage. Yields averaged 2.53 tons per acre. A clonal mix of Pommard (59%), 115 (22%), 667 (9%), and 777 (10%). The wine was vinified at Chehalem using traditional methods. Aging was carried out in 60% new French oak barrels. · The palate is sturdy, hearty, full and long with nice earth and ripe black cherry flavors. Subtle oak undertones are enticing. The intense cherry essence lingers on the finish which is a bit warm. This Pinot Noir reflects the vintage and is a Caliesque fruit driven wine. Reviewed June 19, 2006

Winery: Stoller Family Estate