The burst of vibrant green across the vineyard serves as a beacon of hope for waterlogged wine connoisseurs in the Dundee Hills. Gradual increases in temperature trigger water and stored nutrients to wake the vines from their long winter's nap. The last drops of stored carbohydrates transform twig-like branches into vines exploding with delicate buds.
Vice President of Vineyard Operations, Jason Tosch, reveals the distinct difference between the progressions of buds located only 570 feet apart. Due to their situations on our hillside, the conditions experienced by our Legacy tier Pinot Noir and Dundee Hills Pinot Noir vary significantly. Differing elevations, slopes, and aspects result in unique flavors and profiles in the mature fruit. Each block contains an individual balance of soil components, water retention and weather exposure. Although microclimates are the smallest measure of climate, they make a big impact. At Stoller, our site features a warmer climate due to the surrounding mountains. This allows for consistent ripening and ideal grape conditions.
The air is as fresh as the first stage in the cycle of the vintage is underway.
At Stoller, our pioneering spirit sparkles within Associate Winemaker, Kate Payne-Brown. Payne-Brown and Vice President of Winemaking, Melissa Burr, are revolutionizing the wine industry by trailblazing the path for female winemakers.
More than 12 years ago, Kate dreamt of becoming a sparkling winemaker. In 2014, she made her dream a reality with the LaRue’s Brut Rosé. This flawless bubbly, named after LaRue Stoller, was among a handful of sparkling wines produced in the Willamette Valley. Each bottle contains a bright and tangy burst of flavor like lemon, green apple, pink grapefruit, and orange. Kate’s passion and transparency are apparent in this clean and elegant wine. Sources from some of our most elegant 20-year-old grapevines and a careful eye through the winemaking process, we are proud to present the 2014 LaRue’s Brut Rosé. Join us as we tip our glasses of beautiful bubbly to fulfilling dreams.
Bill Stoller and Harry Peterson-Nedry, co-owners of CHEHALEM Winery, are pleased to announce that after 24 years of partnership Stoller has purchased Peterson-Nedry’s share of equity in the winery business.
“Harry Peterson-Nedry has been a mentor to me,” said Stoller. “When Harry first asked me to be an investor, I saw an opportunity to help fund a friend’s dream and the chance to be a part of something with the potential to be iconic. As we enter this next chapter, I am honored to shepherd CHEHALEM’s legacy.”
“No one understands more how special the CHEHALEM brand is, how much passion and rigorous work it has taken, how much collaboration with other Willamette Valley pioneering wineries has gone on, than Bill,” said Peterson-Nedry. “I take comfort knowing he will respect its heritage in a way that no one else could.”
Peterson-Nedry planted Ridgecrest beginning in 1980, making it the first vineyard planted in what would become the Ribbon Ridge AVA. He was also instrumental in the development of organizations such as the Oregon Wine Board, Willamette Valley Wineries Association, Oregon Pinot Camp, International Pinot Noir Celebration, and industry groups focusing on defining Oregon’s AVAs and famed wine varieties. The transition in ownership will reduce the workload for Peterson-Nedry, who turned 70 years-old in December, allowing him to devote his full attention to managing his 48 vineyard acres in Ribbon Ridge, crafting wines for RR - a small winery he created 16 years ago - and continue his involvement with Oregon wine industry initiatives.
Since purchasing his family’s second-generation farm in 1993, Stoller has evolved the property to become the largest contiguous vineyard in the Dundee Hills AVA of Oregon’s Willamette Valley while passionately being a steward of the land and community. Stoller Family Estate was the first winery in the world to achieve LEED Gold certification, and fifth Oregon winery to receive B Corp certification, the latter in large part due to its LIVE and Salmon Safe certifications and community involvement in the City of Dayton and Yamhill County. The ownership change allows the two brands, under the leadership of President Gary Mortensen, to leverage economies of scale while distinguishing autonomy.
“CHEHALEM is not Stoller, and we like that,” said Mortensen. “Each winery has its own history and future, with one common thread: both wineries are committed to, and known for, producing unique, world-class wines. I look forward to leading the exceptional staff at CHEHALEM and further advancing the brand.”
This soup was created by our Culinary Director, Becca Richards for the 2017 Pre-Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving Weekend Celebrations.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Starting November 1, Stoller Family Estate will exhibit paintings by Gordon Marshall in our tasting room. The show includes select pieces spanning the artist’s most recent 15 years of work.
The show will run through March 2018, with an artist’s reception planned for January 2018. The paintings may be purchased in the tasting room with shipping at no cost to the buyer.
The Artist: Gordon Marshall
“I consider myself first and foremost a mark maker.
I start with an image in my mind; a model, photograph, or something remembered, and usually sketch in ink, graphite or charcoal before I pick up any oils. As oils are slow setting, I have three or four pieces that I am working on in various stages of completion.
A piece is done when I no longer feel the need to continue the process; this may be minutes, hours, months and even years after I’ve begun.”
Servings: 25-40 depending on size of shoulder. Estimate roughly .6 lbs per person.
Prep Time: 30-45 minutes
Total cooking time: 8-12 hours
Preheat oven to highest setting: 480-500 degrees Fahrenheit.
Turn on the convection fan/oven if you have one.
- 15-25 lbs, untrimmed
- 10 oz. to 2 Cups of coarse Kosher salt or rock salt
Ingredients for paste:
- Garlic (15 cloves, peeled)
- 6 Shallots
- 5 Large sprigs rosemary - picked
- 10 sprigs thyme – picked
- Scant ½ Cup Oil – grape seed oil or a blend of 75% Non-GMO canola with 25% Olive oil
- Place the above in a food processor with a pinch of salt and two pinches of black pepper. Process until ingredients turn to paste.
- Place beef roll into a large deep roasting pan.
- Season the meat on all surfaces with coarse or rock salt so it looks like it was rolled in snow.
- Rub the paste mixture all over the shoulder roll.
- Next, pat on another thick layer of coarse kosher or rock salt.
- Place the shoulder into the roasting pan and set into the preheated oven for 20 minutes. It should form a dark crust.
- Remove the shoulder roll from the oven. Drop temperature to 200 degrees-- Turn off convection oven/fans and switch to bake.
Ingredients for Braise:
- 1 bottle of Stoller Family Estate Dundee Hills Pinot Noir
- 10 whole Shallots - peeled
- 3 heads of garlic whole - unpeeled
- 2 oz. Rosemary - stems and all
- 2 oz. Thyme - stems and all
- 6 Bay Leaves - best if fresh
- 10 quarts of chicken stock
- In a stock pot place the Pinot Noir and chicken stock and bring to a boil. (When braising it’s best to start with warm liquid than from cold).
- In the roasting pan, place all herbs and garlic around the beef shoulder, then pour in the stock and wine until it comes to the middle of the meat. (If you prefer, you can use an electric roasting pan. Be sure to keep temperature at 200 degrees).
- Place the roasting pan in the 200 degree oven and cook 8–10 hours.
- After 8-10 hours, remove roast from oven and let rest for 30 minutes
- The roast will have a crackled crust – remove the crust
- With a ladle, skim and throw away the fat from the pan juices. Use the remaining juice to pour over the beef as you serve it, or use the juice to make gravy.
- There’s a slight crust on the roast- pierce through it and the rest should fall apart when pulled with a serving fork.
Stoller Family Estate is proud to announce it has achieved B Corp Certification status. Companies certified as B Corps meet the highest standard of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability. The certification continues the commitment to preserve the Stoller family legacy through protecting the environment and enriching its community.
“I believe that when you build something, you do it for a sustainable reason,” said Bill Stoller, founder and owner of Stoller Family Estate. “I wanted to build a company that could last at least 200 years, and to do this, we must take care of our land and community. Our B Corp certification is another example of Stoller Family Estate’s dedication to this goal.”
In 1993, Stoller purchased his family’s farm with the vision of creating a world-class vineyard. Located in the Dundee Hills AVA of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, the winery was the first in the world to achieve LEED Gold certification. Additionally, the estate is LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) and Salmon Safe certified. The estate is also home to one of the largest private Oak Savanna in Yamhill County as part of our dedication to preserving ecological restoration areas for indigenous plant and wildlife.
As thought leaders in the community, Stoller Family Estate is a strategic partner in Innovate Oregon, (the foundation arm of the Technology Association of Oregon) which is helping to develop the next generation of innovators to tackle some of the biggest employment challenges facing our state. The first initiative for the community is Innovate Yamhill – comprised of efforts in Dayton, Yamhill-Carlton, Willamina and Amity – to show how bold, agile ways of developing talent can provide a workforce for the future.
Stoller Family Estate joins A to Z Wineworks, Sokol Blosser, Winderlea and Patton Valley Vineyards, making it the fifth Oregon winery and 89th company in Oregon to attain the status. To date, there are more than 2,200 B Corporations spanning 130 industries in more than 50 countries around the world.
Our director of winemaking, Melissa Burr, recently received national attention in one of the biggest lifestyle publications out there, Martha Stewart. Melissa caught up with More Good Day Oregon's Molly Rielh to discuss this praise. Watch it here.
To match growth over the last four years, Stoller Family Estate has hired two new employees and promoted two others. Jason Tosch has been named to vineyard manager and Michelle Kaufmann to communications director. Additionally, Ben Howe has been promoted to winemaker and Austin Raz to digital brand manager.
“Jason and Michelle bring strong knowledge and expertise to our team,” said Gary Mortensen, president of Stoller Family Estate. “Furthermore, the promotions of Ben and Austin strengthen our extraordinary management team, allowing us to continue advancing Stoller’s legacy as an innovative company that produces exceptional wines.”
A native of Oregon’s Tualatin Valley, Jason has made his career farming premium quality wine grapes in the Willamette Valley, most recently at Anne Amie Vineyards. He has served in leadership roles for the Oregon wine industry’s wine research and sustainability focused communities. Jason earned his degree in horticulture from Oregon State University, focusing on small fruits and berries. His high level of industry involvement led his alma mater to honor Jason with the College of Agricultural Sciences Luminary Award for early professional accomplishment in 2010. And, in 2016 the Oregon Wine Board presented him with the Outstanding Industry Service Award.
Michelle, a Portland, Oregon native, earned her degree in journalism from the University of Oregon, focusing on public relations and communications. She most recently served as communications manager for the Oregon Wine Board, a semi-independent state agency dedicated to marketing, research and education initiatives that help Oregon wineries and vineyards throughout the state. Michelle has been involved with key media related initiatives in the Oregon wine community including the International Pinot Noir Celebration. In her new role, Michelle will oversee all media relations and communications efforts.
Since joining Stoller Family Estate in 2015, Ben has been instrumental in helping the director of winemaking, Melissa Burr, grow the winery’s production without compromising quality, skills developed when working at one of Oregon’s largest wineries. In his new role, Ben will oversee day-to-day operations at the winery facility and help lay the groundwork for continued growth with improved efficiencies.
Austin Raz joined the Stoller Family Estate team in 2016 as marketing assistant. Having worked for two of the world’s most influential brands, Nike and MTV, and studying new media communications at Oregon State University, Austin has proven dynamic with new media insights. In his new role, Austin will act as the in-house technical producer, growing the winery’s content creation and development.
Stoller Family Estate Dundee Hills Chardonnay paired with Smokey Dungeness Crab and Salmon Cakes on AM Northwest
We love this recipe and wine pairing idea from Mary Cressler at Vindulge featured this week on AM Northwest. With the weekend upon us, swing by the winery to pick up a bottle of our Dundee Hills Chardonnay and experience this delicious match for yourself!