Stephen Ross Wine Cellars

San Luis Obispo Small Production Urban Winery


Wine Enthusiast • 91 Points • Editors' Choice • September 2016

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*Source: Wine Enthusiast • September 2016 • Editors' Choice*

2014 Chardonnay, Edna Valley

Steve Dooley has championed this region since 1994, and this appellation blend is another strong argument. Aromas of sour tangerines, tangy pear, sea salt and hints of quinine are leveled by the slightest touch of brown sugar on the nose. The palate is dusted lightly with vanilla and offers ripe cherimoya and pear-custard flavors, bound together by steely, crisp minerality.

2014 Grenache • Wine Enthusiast • 93 Points • May 2017

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*Source: Wine Enthusiast • May, 2017 • Editors' Choice *

2014 Grenache, Bee Sweet Vineyard

This is an attention grabbing example of how compelling cool climate Grenache can be. Rosewater, fennel, black plum and loamy soil aromas grow more rosy as the wine opens. The palate is super dry, with chalky tannins and zesty acidity, revealing more floral flavors. An extremely elegant wine. Editors’ Choice. —M.K.

Wine Enthusiast • 92 Points • June 2017

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2014 Pinot Noir, Stone Corral Vineyard, Estate

Dried red cherries, turned earth and wild herbs show on the nose of this bottling from the vineyard that winemaker Stephen Dooley shares with the Talley and Kynsi wineries. Tangy Montmorency cherries show strongly on the sip along with a thyme-lavender-rosemary potpourri touch, which is an intriguing combo that lingers long on the finish. —M.K

Wine Enthusiast • 93 Points • Editors' Choice • October, 2016

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2014 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

Not only is this a great bottling at a judicious price, but it also shows a great deal of nuance from the appellation that often brings mostly power. Blackberry, beef, smoked game and pencil shavings show on the nose. The palate brings bright hibiscus and tart elderberry as well as graphite, thyme and bay-leaf flavors.

2015 Albariño • Wine Enthusiast • 90 Points • August, 2016

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*Source: Wine Enthusiast • August, 2016 *

2015 Albariño, Jespersen Ranch

Clean, sharp and zesty fruit blossom aromas meet with ripe pomelo and green apple scents on the nose of this wine by Steve Dooley. A fresh, tingling acidity shows on the sip, which is a tad sour with stone fruit skins but bountiful in a slate-driven minerality and grippy texture. Cool climate Albariño has much promise in the state.

Wine Enthusiast • 94 Points • October, 2016

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2014 Pinot Noir, Edna Valley Estate

Yet another example of where a producer's slightly cheaper appellation blends are just as stunning as the single-vineyard expressions. Steve Dooley's bottling offers black sage, dried tarragon, fennel, beet juice, cranberry, Earl Grey tea and smoked game on the nose. The palate shows smoked pork with a black-cherry rub, a touch of pencil lead and an intriguing red-sumac flavor.

News from the Winemaker

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We are quite proud of our current lineup of Pinot Noirs. These are great
food wines and are particularly restaurant friendly, especially if you are
in a part of the country where restaurateurs and sommeliers seek out
moderate levels of alcohol...all four wines at 13.5% alcohol. All of our Pinot Noirs are small production, sourced from sustainable vineyards, and made with minimal intervention in the cellar. They are extremely retail friendly with terrific scores.
Sales support materials are available on our website
Call, text or email for pricing and to place your order.

Stephen R. Dooley