I didn't like this at all on the first night. Re-corked and tasted after 24 hours and it was much more approachable. We only have 1 bottle left so I will remember to decant or wait a day. 2009 was a tricky year - with pinots that tend to be structured, hot, and bold but not very fruit forward or nuanced. I'd say this holds true to the trend. Score is 79 on day 1, 85 on day 2.
From a purchase of six, this wine is getting better each time I have it. The pro raters were right about this vintage. I took this to dinner with friends, not being sure we'd drink it. It's the one Stoller vintage that shows no sediment which is the reason I took it. Still, it shows plenty of fruit and life ahead.
With pork loin, pop n pour. Should have popped and decanted and let the wine aerate. Medium bodied with Stoller's edginess. There was a bitterness in the beginning that faded to what I like in Stoller's pinots. Trouble was, it was the last pour.
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(Stoller Family SV Estate Pinot Noir Dundee Hills) Pale ruby in color. Though still wound up tightly, this remains an immediately appealing, fruit forward wine with tree bark, peppermint, forest floor, cinnamon, and black cherries. The palate does not hold back- it’s true to the vintage - full throttle, plush, rich, and concentrated with vibrant cherry and cranberry flavors with cinnamon and vanilla accents and a full flavored feel. 100% Pinot Noir. Aged 10 months in French oak (40% new). 14.5% alcohol.