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Stoller Winemaker Optimistic about 2013 Vintage in Willamette Valley

Submitted By: Dixie Huey, October 22, 2013
Vintage 2013 Remains True to Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Home to Inspiring & Challenging Winegrowing Conditions

October 22, 2013, Dayton, OR – Stoller Family Estate, the largest contiguous vineyard in Oregon’s Dundee Hills, completed its 17th vintage on Friday, October 18, five weeks after harvest began at the property. Together, Vineyard Manager, Rob Schultz, and Winemaker, Melissa Burr, processed 250 tons of fruit for the Stoller winery, which will translate to about 16,000 cases of wine for the 2013 vintage. Schultz harvested an additional 275 tons for the winery’s vineyard clients, bringing the estate’s total to 525 tons of grapes.

Winemaker, Melissa Burr, who just completed her 11th Stoller harvest, is very enthusiastic about the vintage despite concerns regarding the record rainfall that occurred in late September. According to Burr, “Challenging weather conditions are nothing new to Willamette Valley winegrowers – we’ve had rain in almost every harvest I’ve worked, so we are more prepared here than in other growing regions for a dramatic change of course. In fact, that every year is different here in Oregon is inspiring to me because it is one of the reasons we have truly unique vintages.”

As far as the wines from the 2013 vintage are concerned, Burr comments, “I’m seeing a trio of exciting characteristics: vibrant aromatics, bright acidity and moderate alcohol levels around 13% -- all of which are due to the cooler finish to the season. While the rain was certainly a challenge, it did not overshadow the near ideal conditions experienced during the majority of the growing season. I’m confident that Stoller and our industry colleagues will make beautiful wines from this memorable year.”

About Stoller Family Estate
Stoller Family Estate is one of Oregon’s most highly regarded vineyards and wineries. Pioneering Oregonian and Founder, Bill Stoller, purchased his family’s second-generation farm in 1993 with the vision of cultivating an enduring legacy for the land and Oregon wine industry. Over the last 20 years, he has patiently transformed the 373-acre property into the largest contiguous vineyard in the Dundee Hills and a sought after source of fruit for premier producers. Longtime Winemaker, Melissa Burr, works in concert with Vineyard Manager, Robert Schultz, to oversee the site’s continued refinement and steward Stoller’s legacy of growing exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Stoller Family Estate features North America’s first LEEDŽ Gold certified winery, three guest homes and a new state of the art tasting room with panoramic vineyard views. In 2012, Stoller was named a Wine & Spirits Magazine “Top 100 Winery” and as a “Vineyard to Watch” by Wine Spectator.