It’s a long way from Mankato, Minnesota, to the Central Coast of California, but Stephen Ross Dooley harnessed the tailwinds of passion and heeded the pull of the grapes. Here’s what happens when the whisper of a passion becomes the clear voice of a life aligned with purpose.
*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.
*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.
*Source: Wine Enthusiast • June, 2017 *
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
The vines are dormant, and our 2016 vintage wines are tucked away safely in barrel. In the meantime, we're having some fun with a little research and development here at the winery!
The cellar is clean and the wines are tasting yummy
"Stephen Ross Dooley is considered by many as one of the top winemakers on the Central Coast and I certainly agree" - Russ Winton (The Modesto Bee)
Stephen Ross Wine Cellars hosted a “Tapas at Two”, held in the barrel room of their Edna Valley winery. Winemaker Stephen Ross Dooley spoke about his renowned small production wines, from their Stone Corral estate vineyard and a handful of other high quality vineyards in the region. Ross was bitten with the winemaking bug as a teen in Minnesota, and pursued his passion, through UC Davis’s Enology school to a decade of winemaking in Napa Valley. Founding his own label in 1994, Ross has continued to explore winemaking possibilities from the different vineyards in the Edna Valley AVA. A stunning 2014 Jespersen Ranch Albariño greeted wine lovers, with it’s juicy acidity, low alcohol, and bright fruit flavors, it was perfect with the grilled shrimp. The tasting included a study in their flagship wine, the Stephen Ross Stone Corral Vineyard Pinot Noir, the 2011, 2013, and 2015 vintages. It was fascinating how each wine was slightly different, reflecting growing conditions and time in the bottle. Overall, the Stone Corral Pinot Noirs are dense and concentrated, with rich dark fruit flavors and spice, balanced by acidity and polished tannins, a truly beautiful wine in all years.
"Besides his exceptional Pinot Noir that comes from his estate vineyard, Stone Corral Vineyard that was planted in 2001, Stephen Ross has a wonderful Albarino that exudes flavors of stone fruit and florals..."
"Winemaker Stephen Ross Dooley captures its essence: white pepper and fresh raspberries, lasting and delicious"