Stemmler

Owner(s) Winside, Inc.
Web site www.robertstemmlerwinery.com
 
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Stemmler The Robert Stemmler Winery wines are simply labeled Stemmler beginning with 2008 vintage. See Robert Stemmler Winery in the Winery Directory for further information on the winery.

Reviewed Wines

2012 Stemmler Carneros Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.33, TA 0.71, 2,003 cases, $25, screwcap. Released May 2014. A blend of Dijon and heritage clones from vineyards near Donum Ranch. Aged 10 months in 20% new French and Hungarian oak barrels. · Moderate reddish purple hue in the glass. The fruit never shows up on the nose to compliment the oak aromas even after an hour in the glass. Much better on the palate with tasty black cherry, blueberry and black raspberry flavors with an added hint of spice, earth and a noticeable oak imprint. Juicy acidity, with dusty tannins and easy drink ability. Score: 87. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Stemmler Estate Vineyard Carneros Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., pH 3.80, TA 0.61, 1,727 cases, $44. Released May 2014. A blend of Donum-Roederer, Calera and Martini selections and Dijon 115, 667 and 777 clones representing all nine blocks on the 45-acre Donum Ranch. Each hand-harvested lot was fermented separately using native yeasts. 11 to 25 days on skins. Aged 10 months in 20% new French oak. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Vibrant aromas of fresh Bing cherries, spice and musky oak. A full mouth full of Pinot Noir featuring sweet, perfectly ripened cherries and welcome oak barrel presence. Seamless, with a silky, long and generous finish. A treat. Score: 91. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Stemmler Nugent Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.71, TA 0.60, 873 cases, $44. Released fall 2013. Estate grown blend of 115 (65%) and 667 (30%) blended with Pommard (5%) from a newer planting. 5 to 7-day cold soak. The 115 lots were barreled down at dryness and the 667 lots received 2 weeks of extended maceration. Aged 10 months in 30% new French oak. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Plenty to like on the nose with bright aromas of Bing cherry, rose petal, sandalwood and baking spice. Deep cherry flavor with accents of cola, anise, and spice. Very lush on the palate but balanced with tannin and complimented by oak. The spice component spoke of whole cluster in the wine. Score: 90. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Stemmler Winside Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot

14.5% alc., pH 3.72, TA 0.60 1,349 cases, $44.. Released May 2014. Winside, Inc., a partnership of Danish businesspersons, acquired Donum and Stemmler in the fall of 2011, and in November 2012, purchased Nugent Vineyard, now named Winside Vineyard. A blend of 115 (55%) and 667 (35%) with a Pommard selection (10%). Aged 10 months in 25% new French oak. · Medium reddish purple color in the glass. Very appealing nose with hitone, soaring scents of fresh cherries, red raspberries, and strawberries. A very harmonious offering that is discreetly concentrated and welcoming. The spicy black raspberry core is very tasty, the tannins are suave and well-proportioned, and the elegance is seductive. Even better when tasted later in the day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. A noble wine with personality. Score: 92. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Stemmler Nugent Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., $44. · Moderate reddishpurple color in the glass. Highly aromatic, featuring scents of confected red cherry, red licorice, watermelon and sandalwood. Soft on the palate and flavorful offering middleweight core of Bing cherries framed by mild tannin and judicious use of oak. Finishes with some length and generosity. Score: 89. Reviewed September 29, 2013 ARTICLE »

2009 Stemmler Estate Grown Carneros Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.66, TA 0.62, 784 cases, $42. A limited release from fruit grown on The Donum Estate. A blend of six blocks planted to predominantly heritage selections and comprises Dijon, Martini, Roederer, Calera, Hanzell and Swan. 100% destemmed, hot fermentations lasting 5 to 9 days for maximum extraction. Extended maceration for 2 to 6 days. Each block made and aged separately until the final blend is assembled in the spring and then returned to barrel for 10 months. The blend represents every part of The Donum Estate. Total aging 18 months in 30% new French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Fragrant with purple stone fruits, black grapes, tea leaves, spice and vanilla. Silky and beautifully balanced, with appealing flavors of blackberries, Hoison, and black currants with oak, tea and mushroom notes in the background. Moderately rich and earthy with well-proportioned tannins. Quintessential Carneros. Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Stemmler Nugent Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.45, TA 0.63, 606 cases, $42. An 11-acre site in the heart of the Russian River Valley planted with tight spacing in 1997 to Dijon 115 and 667 clones. 100% de-stemmed, hot fermentations, extended maceration and aged 18 months in 20% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Very fruity nose of mixed berry jam aromas with a slight funky note. Soft and velvety on the palate with bright black cherry cola flavor offering some fruitdriven aromatic persistence on the finish. Great balance. I like this wine for its seductive mouthfeel. Very good. Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Stemmler Ferguson Block Carneros Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.57, TA 0.63, 67 cases, $44. To be released soon. Ferguson Block sits less than a mile east of The Donum Estate. It is the oldest vineyard in The Donum Estate, planted in 1974 with an old Martini selection of Pinot Noir on St. George rootstock in gravelly, loamy clay soils. Aged 18 months in once-used French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Evocative nose offering savory and fruity aromas including black cherries, baking spice and herbs. Really wows in the mouth with flat-out delicious core of earthy black cherries accented with complimentary vanillin oak. Satiny in texture with a generous finish that makes you want to take another sip. Nothing like old vine sophistication. Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2008 Stemmler Carneros Chardonnay

14.1% alc., pH 3.28, TA 0.80, 875 cases, $34. From three sites on the Donum Estate, the oldest of which is the Ferguson Block planted in 1974 to the Wente selection. Also includes Dijon and Wierner selections. Partial MLF. Aged on its lees in 40% new French oak barrels. · Moderate straw color in the glass. Well-raised aromas of pear, white peach, apple, honey and cream soda. Brisk and juicy flavors of Asian pear, melon and baked apple which linger on the dry finish leaving behind a subtle aroma of oak. Solid, but not exceptional. Good (+). Reviewed April 11, 2011 ARTICLE »

2008 Stemmler Estate Grown Carneros Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.66, TA 0.62, 4,409 cases, $36. From Demeter Certified vineyards. A potpourri of clones and selections including Dijon, Martini, Roederer, Calera, Hanzell and Swan representing every part of the estate. De-stemmed fruit, 4-6 day cold soak, extended maceration. Aged in 40% new French oak barrels. · Aromas of dark red Bing cherries and berries with a subtle hint of oak. A medium-weighted pleasing wine with tasty black cherry and plum flavors lingering on the finish which features some smoky oak in the background. Nicely crafted with soft tannins and ready drinkability. Good. Reviewed April 11, 2011 ARTICLE »

2008 Stemmler Ferguson Block Carneros Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.57, TA 0.63, 159 cases, $44. Ferguson Block is less than a mile east of The Donum Estate. Planted in 1974 with a Martini selection on St. George rootstock in gravelly, loamy clay soils. Native fermentation, aged 16 months in 40% new French oak barrels. · Subdued, but pleasing aromas of cherries, strawberries and raspberries. Delicious essence of cherries and raspberries that saturate the mid palate and carry over to a Wow! finish that will send cherry lovers into ecstasy. Harmonious with supple tannins and faint oak adding support. Generous and forthcoming, offering immense pleasure now, but will age beautifully. Ferguson Block fruit is crazy good! Lovable. Reviewed April 11, 2011 ARTICLE »