If you venture to Portland, Oregon, you simply must head out of the city to experience the many vineyards of the Willamette Valley in Oregon. On a recent trek to Portland for a marketing conference, I had a free Sunday and had a reservation for a wine tasting at the Stoller Family Estate located about 45 minutes from Portland in Dayton, Oregon. Stoller Family Estate Vineyard has been named “Best Tasting Room” Readers Choice by USA Today Newspaper for 2018.
Our reservation was for a beautiful table in the Legacy Club, the members only club by the front roll up door, with a fantastic view of the Vineyard. We had a tasting flight of different wines; including Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, and Riesling. Wines by the bottle range start at $25 and they can ship orders.
A couple favorite wines from the tasting included:
- 2014 RUTH’S PINOT NOIR
Earthy, Dark Fruit, Powerful, Dramatic
Named after Bill Stoller’s mother, this wine is is sourced from
our oldest section of Pommard in the vineyard. An exclusive
assemblage of our four finest barrels, it expresses the elegance
and refinement of our vineyard. This combination of mature
fruit and French oak produces a long-lived wine that will further
evolve with cellaring.
- 2017 WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT NOIR
Sourced from a collection of premier sites in the
Willamette Valley, this wine is a feminine style
of Pinot Noir. Elegant with excellent length, this
wine has fine grain tannins, bright red fruitn and
hints of baking spice. Showcasing a myriad of
Pinot Noir clones, this wine spent almost a year
of elevage. The result is an approachable wine
that can be enjoyed during its youth.
You notice two things when you arrive here: the beautiful scenery and the knowledgeable and helpful staff. Wines can be ordered to be shipped. Reservations are recommended, $20 for a tasting in their tasting room and can be waived with a 2 bottle purchase. Their website to schedule a reservation is: https://www.stollerfamilyestate.com/Visit.
The wines are delicious and affordable. Several of the wines can be purchased nationally so check your local wine store. They also have guest houses you can rent right on the vineyard. Schedule a visit today!
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