2016 Stoller Chardonnay Reserve
From the winery:
Our Reserve Chardonnay is a blend of our oldest Dijon vines on the property, which were planted in 1995: 76, 95, 96 and 548. Whole cluster pressed to mitigate phenolics, this wine was barrel fermented. Seeing 50% malolactic conversion, this wine aged in French oak for 11-months before spending another 6-months in stainless steel. Expressing aromatics of lemon curd, brioche and flint, the palate meets the nose with a citrus vibrancy and reveals a luxurious mouthfeel due to extended lees contact and balanced use of oak.
2016 was a warmer than average year for the Willamette Valley, with a perfect deceleration of heat accumulation at the end of an early growing season that allowed a nice pace to harvest. A touch of rain during flowering gave the composition
of small clusters with a higher skin to pulp ratio, leading to concentrated flavors and aromas, making 2016 one of the best vintages to date.
James Suckling - 94 points
This supple, fleshy chardonnay has excellent richness of fruit, offering creamy lemon curd, peaches and nectarines. There’s a smooth and fresh feel to the palate with limes and lemons delivering a plush and even-paced, long and fresh finish. Excellent clarity here.
Wine Enthusiast - 91 points
Consistent with past releases of the winery's reserve, this uses the estate's oldest Dijon vines and is barrel fermented and aged for almost a year in 20% new French oak. It's firm and spicy, with flavors of yellow plum, white peach and phenolic highlights of peach skin and grapefruit zest. The time in barrel does not add significant flavors of toast, but has helped to smooth out the mouthfeel. Drink now through 2025.
USA, Oregon, Dundee Hills
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