Stoller 2021 Helen’s Legacy Pinot Noir

Stoller 2021 Helen’s Legacy Pinot Noir

Stoller Family 2021 Pinot Noir

Brand: Stoller

The Stoller 2021 Helen’s Legacy Pinot Noir is a true embodiment of Stoller Family Estate’s commitment to excellence in winemaking. My appreciation for this wine stems from Stoller’s rich history and the dedication of its founder, Bill Stoller. His vision and passion for sustainable practices have transformed the Dundee Hills estate into a premier destination for wine lovers. The 2021 vintage of Helen’s Legacy Pinot Noir exemplifies the meticulous care and attention to detail that define Stoller’s wines, offering a versatile and memorable experience that highlights the unique terroir of Oregon’s Willamette Valley.


  • High Acidity: Bright, crisp, and refreshing, with a sharp, tangy taste that is immediately noticeable on the palate.
  • Medium-Bodied: Has more weight and presence than light-bodied wines but is not as rich or heavy as full-bodied wines.
  • Medium Tannin: Wines with medium tannin levels have a balanced structure, providing some astringency and grip without being overpowering.
  • Medium Finish: The flavors and sensations linger for a moderate amount of time, usually around 10-30 seconds after swallowing.
  • Aroma: Cherry, raspberries, and rose.
  • Tastes Like: Red cherries, plum, and earthy notes.


Pairs with: The Stoller 2021 Helen’s Legacy Pinot Noir, with its elegant, fruity, and complex characteristics, can be paired with a variety of dishes to create a delightful dining experience. Here are some expanded suggestions:

  • Salmon: Grilled, baked, or poached salmon pairs wonderfully with this Pinot Noir. The wine’s berry notes and balanced acidity complement the rich, savory flavors of the salmon.
  • Poultry: Herb-roasted chicken, turkey, or duck are excellent choices. The wine’s earthy undertones and bright fruit flavors enhance the savory, aromatic qualities of the poultry dishes.
  • Mushroom Dishes: Enjoy this Pinot Noir with mushroom risotto, stuffed mushrooms, or a wild mushroom pasta. The earthy, forest-floor notes of the wine harmonize beautifully with the umami flavors of the mushrooms.
  • Cheese and Charcuterie: The wine’s complex aromas and balanced acidity make it a perfect pairing for a variety of cheeses (e.g., Brie, Gruyère, or Gouda) and cured meats. Its fruitiness and acidity cut through the richness of the cheese and meats.
  • Pasta Dishes: Complement tomato-based pasta dishes like spaghetti Bolognese, or lighter dishes like pasta primavera with a glass of Stoller Pinot Noir. The wine’s bright acidity and red fruit notes balance the flavors and add a refreshing touch.
  • Vegetable Dishes: Roasted or grilled vegetables, such as eggplant, zucchini, or bell peppers, can be enhanced by the wine’s vibrant fruit flavors and subtle spice notes. The wine’s acidity and complexity add depth to the vegetable dishes.
  • Lean Meats: Filet mignon, lamb chops, or pork tenderloin are wonderful with this Pinot Noir. The wine’s refined tannins and delicate fruit profile complement the tenderness and subtle flavors of these lean meats, enhancing the overall dining experience.


  • Vintage: 2021
  • Varietal: Pinot Noir
  • Region: Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
  • Country: USA
  • ABV: 13.5%
  • Price & Store: $75.00 Stoller Family Estate
  • Occasion: Versatile – Wines that can fit into multiple occasions, from casual to more formal settings.


The Stoller 2021 Helen’s Legacy Pinot Noir is more than just a wine; it’s a journey through the nuances of Oregon’s terroir, guided by a winemaker’s vision and dedication. It has become a go-to selection for me, seamlessly complementing a myriad of dishes or delighting the senses when enjoyed on its own. With Stoller’s diverse lineup of Pinot Noirs and their exceptional Rosé wines, there’s a world of flavors waiting to be explored. This wine, with a Vino-Rater score of 92, is not just a bottle on the shelf but a cherished part of my wine journey, celebrating the unique bond between a winemaker and his craft.

Vino-Rater Score: 92

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95 – 100 Points: Memorable and world-class, these wines leave you in awe from the very first sip.

90-94 Points: Outstanding and enticing, these wines invite you to savor every glass.

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80-84 points: Average wines that leave room for improvement in today’s competitive market.

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