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. 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’s sister brand, sharing estate grown fruit and an uncompromising commitment to quality.