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2021 Stoller Family Estate Single Acre Aligote, Dundee Hill

Stoller Vineyards was founded in 2001 by Bill Stoller who now also owns legendary Chehalem Wines. He opened his own winery in 2006 to make Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. They currently have 210 acres of vineyards planted.

Aligoté, often incorrectly regarded as the subtler iteration of Chardonnay, is a cross between Pinot Noir and the more obscure Gouais Blanc. With its historical roots tracing back to the 17th century, this variety flourished throughout Burgundy, including in the famed slopes of Corton, Musigny (Blanc) and Chambertin. This native variety adeptly conveys the quality of its terroir, is resistant to fungus and mildew and produces less sugar but with more acidity relative to Chardonnay. The wine made from this varietal generally has a lower alcohol content. Stoller Aligote was fermented and aged on its lees in both concrete and neutral French oak barrel. The color is light yellow with aromas out of the glass of white spring flowers, lemon – lime zest, notes of Honey Crisp apple and minerality. The alcohol checks in at 12.5% giving the palate a light and fresh feel. The beautifully balanced acidity gives the wine a lift into the mineral driven finish. A beautiful wine for a warm summer day.

By Perry Miroballi

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