Robert Stemmler Winery
2011 Carneros Estate Grown Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir •Stemmler Estate
California: Carneros - Los Carneros (Sonoma)
We are very excited to welcome Robert Stemmler Winery back to our pages, today! Stemmler’s 2011 Estate Grown Pinot Noir is a 90 point (Wine Spectator) beauty that we are offering today with our boldest recommendation.
An uncharacteristically cool year, the 2011 vintage was a challenging one for California winemakers. This may be especially true for Pinot producers. The winemaker on our tasting panel remarked, “if this wine were a French Burgundy, it would be very expensive.” Indeed, today’s wine reminds us finer Burgundies.
This Pinot wonder 100% estate grown Pinot Noir, from the Carneros estate vineyard of Robert Stemmler, is comprised of 42% Donum-Roederer selection, 30% Calera, 18% Dijon and 10% Martini clones.
Enjoy this elegant wine with a fine meal, or all on its own. In fact, we recommend that you enjoy it by itself and also with a wide variety of elegant fare.
Dark crimson at the heart of the wine, with gorgeous ruby edging. Perfect clarity through and through.
Lush on the nose, with aromas of black cherry, forest floor, leather, strawberry compote, raspberry bramble and subtle sweetwood.
Austere and elegant with flavors of tart cherry, young strawberry, hard leather, slate minerals, summer forest floor, mulberry and dry toast.
Mouthwatering and bright, with fruit flavors that tail off to reveal more mineral and dried earthy character.
Roast duck breast with a balsamic black cherry reduction.
What the Winery Says
The 2011 Stemmler Carneros Estate Pinot Noir is pale ruby in color, with aromas of Bing cherry, sage, sous bois, and just-ripe blackberry. The palate is red-fruit driven, with strawberry, cranberry and cherry flavors joined by orange peel, toast, and mineral notes. Light-bodied with spicy, fresh-fruit flavors, the wine gains intensity on the palate, finishing with dark berry and earthy flavors.
Wine Spectator 90 Point Review The plum, black cherry and raspberry flavors are pure and intense, showing some finesse, with star anise, clove and black pepper details that crescendo on the finish. Drink now through 2018.
- Kenneth Juhasz
- 90 Points - Wine Spectator
- Los Carneros, California
- Fruit Composition
- 100% Estate Grown Pinot Noir
About the Winery
Our 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, then becoming winemaker at Sonoma County’s historic Simi Winery. In 1976, he opened his eponymous winery, and in 1982 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 and they soon became 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 Estate’s sister brand, sharing estate grown fruit and an uncompromising commitment to quality.
Winemaker Dan Fishman
An integral part of the winemaking team since 2007, Dan began at The Donum Estate as an intern under consulting winemaker, Kenneth Juhasz. Five vintages in, Fishman was increasingly comfortable with the fruit coming from our estate vineyards in Carneros, Russian River Valley, as well as the Angel Camp Vineyard in Anderson Valley. It was a natural progression for him to take over the winemaking helm in June 2012 as more time and attention was needed for the crafting of additional single vineyard wines.
As an undergrad at Cornell University, he studied Philosophy and Psychology with a desire to eventually earn his PhD and become a professor. While there, Dan found himself in a wine appreciation class which quickly changed his course, leading to working a harvest at Wither Hills in New Zealand as well as pulling time at multiple wine shops from Vancouver to Washington DC and Los Angeles. It’s no wonder Dan has a knack for “listening” to what each vineyard and vintage brings with it.
With an unwavering appreciation for each vineyard’s unique character, Dan’s winemaking style is one that allows for each lot to reveal itself and the treatment it demands while always welcoming the opportunity to experiment using both historically known and cutting-edge winemaking techniques. This willingness to experiment and keen intuition stems from Dan’s unexpected education and experience.
Vineyards are living, complex, ever-evolving systems. Our experience with the land spans decades, yet we continue to learn as we strive for more profound fruit expression from each block, row and vine.
At Robert Stemmler Winery, we farm four vineyards. The Donum Vineyard and Lawler Vineyard are located on gently rolling hills rising up from San Pablo Bay in Carneros. To the northwest, in the heart of Russian River Valley, is Winside Vineyard; and further north, in the deep of Anderson Valley, is Angel Camp Vineyard.
Sustainable Farming Practices
We believe sustainable winegrowing goes above and beyond the methods of organic farming and focuses on sustainability as a long-term goal. Sustainability by definition is much more encompassing and far reaching than organic farming, which means no use of synthetic chemicals, focusing on the entire environment, watersheds, habitats, and ecosystems within the entire operation.
Our ecosystems and sustainable winegrowing programs work in harmony, with each element playing an important role in the integrity and quality of our estate grown wines. As part of our commitment, every person, from vineyard management to production to administration, is responsible for maintaining and introducing conservation and sustainable programs.
Erosion control, cover crops, the encouragement of natural predators to control vine pests, energy and water conservation and waste reduction measures are just some of the practices integrated into our daily routine. Such practices require a high degree of management of biological resources, and a firm commitment to long-term sustainable growth.
This deep, personal commitment plays a vital role in the integrity and quality of every bottle of our estate grown wines and the community in which we all live.