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Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012

Pacific Northwest Wine of the Week for Feb. 13, 2012

This week: Stoller Vineyards Pinot Noir. Fresh Press: Amity Vineyards and more. Washington winery changes name. Red Wine & Chocolate. Northwest wine events. Wine Wars.

Feb. 15, 2012
Vol. 13, No. 7

Stoller Vineyards 2008 SV Estate

Appellation: Dundee Hills

It's rare to get an entire panel of wine judges to agree on that a Pinot Noir is worthy of gold, but this blend of Melissa Burr's best barrels made a double gold an easy sell last month at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The expressive nose shows black cherry, plum and violets, while the palate presents remarkable balance with flavors of Chukar Cherry and more plums, backed with citrusy acidity and a late tightening from tannin. Rated "Outstanding" by Wine Press Northwest magazine. (3,500 cases, 13.6% alc.)

Price: $9

Food matches: Pair with prime rib or braised meats.

Stoller Vineyards, 16161 N.E. McDougall Road, Dayton, OR 97114, 503-864-3404, www.stollervineyards.com

Recent Wines of the Week

-- Covey Run Winery 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley

-- Wind Rose Cellars 2009 Red Heaven Barbera, Red Mountain

Best Buys

-- Pine & Post 2009 Merlot, Washington, $6

-- Columbia Crest 2009 Two Vines Chardonnay, Washington, $8

More about Stoller Vineyards

Willamette Valley native Melissa Burr is the winemaker for this Dundee Hills producer. She arrived at Stoller in 2003, and her fingerprints have been on every superb vintage since.

Bill and Cathy Stoller bought the vineyard property in 1993 and launched the winery a decade later. Cathy Stoller passed away Nov. 30, 2011.

The Stoller family co-owns Chehalem winery with Harry Peterson-Nedry.

This week's Fresh Press

This week's issue of Fresh Press spotlights the wines of Amity Vineyards, a pioneer in Oregon's northern Willamette Valley. These days, founder Myron Redford has handed the winemaking reins over to Darcy Pendergrass, so we learn about the young winemaker and her philosophy.

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Washington winery changes name

Longtime Washington winery Gordon Brothers has a new name: Gordon Estate.

When the winery launched in the early 1980s, it was run by Jeff and Bill Gordon, two longtime farmers and grape growers whose farm sits on a bluff overlooking the Snake River near Pasco, Wash. Bill retired in 1998, so Jeff and his wife, Vicki, are the winery's owners. The name change is meant to reflect this, as well as the fact that all of the grapes for the wine come from estate grapes.

Red Wine & Chocolate

The first big wine weekend of the year is coming up in Washington's Yakima Valley. Red Wine & Chocolate is Feb. 18-19, and more than 50 wineries will open their doors to pair chocolate desserts with their wines.

Learn more.

Upcoming wine events

Each week, we highlight an upcoming wine event in the Pacific Northwest.

Head to the Olympic Peninsula this weekend for wine and chocolate. The wineries around Port Townsend, Sequim and Port Angeles are holding serving up delicious chocolate along with their wines to celebrate the coming of spring.

To see more events (or submit yours at no cost), go to our calendar. We currently have 113 upcoming events on our calendar.

Wine Wars

Mike Veseth, an economics professor at the University of Puget Sound in Seattle, is the author of "Wine Wars" and writes The Wine Economist blog. We caught up with him last week at the grape growers convention to talk about wine, economics and Washington.

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Wine Press Northwest e-edition

We have loaded up the past 15 issues of Wine Press Northwest in a freely available e-edition format, with a goal of eventually posting a complete archive of the magazine, going back to 1998.

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