Lemelson Stermer Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015
Planted across from the winery in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, Stermer Vineyard has been farmed organically since being planted in 1997. With Willakenzie marine sedimentary soils composed of a thin layer of silty-clay loam atop sandstone, the wines from this site are often full-bodied with prominent cherry, spice and earth notes. The nose of the 2015 Stermer shows lavender, strawberries, and black cherry, accented by deeper anise, peppercorn and cinnamon notes. The palate is medium bodied, textured and round. The finish is long and marked by sweet fruit and cocoa flavors.
Pale ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir Stermer Vineyard has notes of warm cranberries, rose petals and dusty earth with a raspberry tart undercurrent. Medium to full-bodied, it has a lovely backbone of freshness textured by chewy tannins, finishing with good expression and length.
Expressive and floral raspberry and orange peel aromas open to tightly layered cherry and spiced tea flavors that take on momentum toward big but refined tannins. Best from 2020 through 2024.
This shows a wealth of raspberry cheesecake on the nose from the outset in addition to glazed strawberries, cherries and walnut shell. The palate brims with spicy red berries and is full and rich with a fruit-forward finish.