Chehalem Pinot Noir Stoller Dundee Hills 2006
Editorial Reviews for Chehalem Pinot Noir Stoller Dundee Hills
Screwcap – Intense and ever-so-slightly roasted fruit that has excellent warm middle-eastern spice notes, and a grilled rare steak tone. Very interesting on the nose as it has some cool climate rainwater character but also offers up very ripe fruits with spicy, dried cherry tones. Sweetish yet with acid to support the fruit, very fine polished tannins sit comfortably under the drape of fruit. Very fresh yet completely ripe with complex shades of berry fruit, spice, soil, and herbs. Really complete stuff. Lots of very subtle coriander/sassafras tones that don’t veer off into the cola/root beer end of the spectrum. Very impressive transparency and mouthfeel. 92pts.
Candied on the nose with strong notes of cola, grilled steak, black pepper and a slight tone of the beach at low tide. Pretty well knit together on the palate with a focused core of cola and roast cherry fruit that is a touch sweet. Finishes cleanly though a little non-descript and without much depth, still it's well made and avoids the over extraction that plagues Pinot. Drink 2009-2013 88pts
Earthy barnyard aromas overlay blackberry aroma and it all follows thru to the flavor -- a good thing. Wine is well-structured with nice chew and acidity.
Drank in 2008 on a warm April evening bbq'ing in the back yard with Phil and Keely. It was very nice as I recall. A bit of a California style (i.e., big juicy koolaid) than a Oregon style IMHO.