It is deep, dark garnet in color, has a fully fleshy red-black fruit compote nose, with slight whiffs of sweet wood and spice. The structure is soft and full, with fine tannin and a complexity and structure that invites a few months or even years aging to fully open the wine. With time it will display layers of fruit and lengthen. The wine finishes with sweet impressions of raspberry and blackberry.
Chehalem traces its history back to vineyard operations started by Harry Peterson-Nedry in 1980 at Ridgecrest Vineyards, northwest of Newberg, Oregon. Bill and Cathy Stoller joined Harry in the winery in 1993 and subsequently began Stoller Vineyards—a densely planted, 125 acres on Stoller family farmlands at the southern tip of the Dundee Hills. Corral Creek Vineyards, adjacent to the winery facility, is Chehalem's third estate vineyard. Their first release was the 1990 Ridgecrest Pinot Noir.Equally well-known for red and white wine quality, they carry a passion and focus for cool climate varieties that reflect both site and climate in complex, structured and intensely fruited wines.
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