2013 Stemmler Pinot Noir

2013 Stemmler Pinot Noir

Sonoma Coast, California

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$19.99
Retail Price
$28.00
Savings
29%



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VARIETAL: Pinot Noir

ALCOHOL: 14.10%

SIZE: 750ml

Ratings:

93 Insider Points

Reviews:

This is the first ever vintage of a Sonoma Coast Pinot for Stemmler, a blend of the single vineyard Pinot they’re so well known for.  There’s nothing missing in terms of quality here, you can expect all the fresh red fruit, pipe tobacco and cola notes that make Sonoma Coast such a great Pinot appellation.  The palate is bursting with red cherry, plum and dark earth, with hints of baking spice and bramble on the long and elegant finish.  An all around solid wine to enjoy now through 2020. - DZ Apr 2016

Why We're Drinking It:

First release of this wine, a crowd-pleaser of a cool-climate Pinot made from two of Stemmler’s estate vineyards.

Single-vineyard wines may be all the rage. In this case, added balance and intensity is the result of a pair of unique, cool-climate sites in the Pinot-licious Sonoma Coast AVA. Both Winside and Lawler are estate vineyards owned and farmed by Stemmler’s exacting group of grape growers and both are home to an ideal range of Pinot clones painstaking chosen for the land’s distinct micro-climates and soil types.

A burst of perfume explodes from each glass—berries, cherries, pomegranate and graphite. In the mouth this Pinot is plummy and full of fresh berry juice with a hint of exotic spice and an earthy, foresty finish. Try this with salmon or tuna or most any protein seasoned with Asian-inspired spice.

Reasons why we love it:
The 2013 vintage will go down as one of the finest in the Sonoma Coast, with an early bud break in the vineyards followed by a summer of consistently warm (though foggy) days without damaging heat spikes. After the cooler than average vintages of 2011 and 2012, this year offered more classic-for-the-zone temperatures, which resulted in broader, riper Pinots that nonetheless maintain this AVA’s documented balance and acidity.

The barrel program employed in the production of this wine was chosen to soften and round-out this Pinot without adding obviously “oaky” spice or vanilla/toast notes. This Sonoma Coast Pinot was aged in a combination of new, one-year-old and two-year-old French oak barriques for a total age time of 10 months.

In the cool, mountainous slopes of the Sonoma Coast AVA, clonal selection is key to the making of rich, balanced Pinot Noir. Stemmler planted Dijon clones 667, 115 and Pommard in their Winside vineyard and Dijon clones 777,115, and Donum in the Lawler vineyard, all chosen for the demands of this wind-blown, frequently foggy weather and terroir of each single vineyard and their separate, often quite distinct plots.

Tasting Notes:

Medium ruby in color, with expressive aromas of blackberry, kirsch, cherry, watermelon and pencil lead. The palate shows bright cherry and raspberry, with fresh plum and spice notes
on the finish. Earthy yet juicy, this supple Pinot shows wonderful finesse and depth.


The Story to Know:

The wines bear Robert Stemmler's name because he was an early and passionate producer of California Pinot Noir and a friend of the Racke family.

After making wine in his native Germany, Robert arrived in Napa Valley in 1961, working with the Mondavi brothers at Charles Krug Winery and then becoming a winemaker at Sonoma County's historic Simi Winery. In 1976, he opened his eponymous winery, and in 1982 he released his first Pinot Noir to critical acclaim. Meanwhile, in 1981, Anne Moller-Racke arrived from Germany to work at the family's Buena Vista Winery. The two became fast friends.

After promoting Pinot Noir nationwide, Robert retired in 1989, and the Racke family purchased his label. When Anne launched an "ultimate Pinot Noir project" at the Donum Estate in 2001, Stemmler wines became Donum's sister brand, sharing estate-grown fruit and an uncompromising commitment to quality.

More about Robert Stemmler Winery

Perfect Pairings:

Try this with salmon or tuna or most any protein seasoned with Asian-inspired spice.

First release of this wine, a crowd-pleaser of a cool-climate Pinot made from two of Stemmler’s estate vineyards.

Single-vineyard wines may be all the rage. In this case, added balance and intensity is the result of a pair of unique, cool-climate sites in the Pinot-licious Sonoma Coast AVA. Both Winside and Lawler are estate vineyards owned and farmed by Stemmler’s exacting group of grape growers and both are home to an ideal range of Pinot clones painstaking chosen for the land’s distinct micro-climates and soil types.

A burst of perfume explodes from each glass—berries, cherries, pomegranate and graphite. In the mouth this Pinot is plummy and full of fresh berry juice with a hint of exotic spice and an earthy, foresty finish. Try this with salmon or tuna or most any protein seasoned with Asian-inspired spice.

Reasons why we love it:
The 2013 vintage will go down as one of the finest in the Sonoma Coast, with an early bud break in the vineyards followed by a summer of consistently warm (though foggy) days without damaging heat spikes. After the cooler than average vintages of 2011 and 2012, this year offered more classic-for-the-zone temperatures, which resulted in broader, riper Pinots that nonetheless maintain this AVA’s documented balance and acidity.

The barrel program employed in the production of this wine was chosen to soften and round-out this Pinot without adding obviously “oaky” spice or vanilla/toast notes. This Sonoma Coast Pinot was aged in a combination of new, one-year-old and two-year-old French oak barriques for a total age time of 10 months.

In the cool, mountainous slopes of the Sonoma Coast AVA, clonal selection is key to the making of rich, balanced Pinot Noir. Stemmler planted Dijon clones 667, 115 and Pommard in their Winside vineyard and Dijon clones 777,115, and Donum in the Lawler vineyard, all chosen for the demands of this wind-blown, frequently foggy weather and terroir of each single vineyard and their separate, often quite distinct plots.

This is the first ever vintage of a Sonoma Coast Pinot for Stemmler, a blend of the single vineyard Pinot they’re so well known for.  There’s nothing missing in terms of quality here, you can expect all the fresh red fruit, pipe tobacco and cola notes that make Sonoma Coast such a great Pinot appellation.  The palate is bursting with red cherry, plum and dark earth, with hints of baking spice and bramble on the long and elegant finish.  An all around solid wine to enjoy now through 2020. - DZ Apr 2016

93 Insider Points

Medium ruby in color, with expressive aromas of blackberry, kirsch, cherry, watermelon and pencil lead. The palate shows bright cherry and raspberry, with fresh plum and spice notes
on the finish. Earthy yet juicy, this supple Pinot shows wonderful finesse and depth.


The wines bear Robert Stemmler's name because he was an early and passionate producer of California Pinot Noir and a friend of the Racke family.

After making wine in his native Germany, Robert arrived in Napa Valley in 1961, working with the Mondavi brothers at Charles Krug Winery and then becoming a winemaker at Sonoma County's historic Simi Winery. In 1976, he opened his eponymous winery, and in 1982 he released his first Pinot Noir to critical acclaim. Meanwhile, in 1981, Anne Moller-Racke arrived from Germany to work at the family's Buena Vista Winery. The two became fast friends.

After promoting Pinot Noir nationwide, Robert retired in 1989, and the Racke family purchased his label. When Anne launched an "ultimate Pinot Noir project" at the Donum Estate in 2001, Stemmler wines became Donum's sister brand, sharing estate-grown fruit and an uncompromising commitment to quality.

More about Robert Stemmler Winery

Try this with salmon or tuna or most any protein seasoned with Asian-inspired spice.