Soter Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Mineral Springs Ranch, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2018 through Merchant of Wine.

Soter Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Mineral Springs, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2018

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Overview of the Wine
Tony Soter has demonstrated a genius in crafting award winning wine over his five decades of innovative winegrowing; A dedication and reverence to the purity and intrinsic nature of the craft; a mastery is revealed in hi artful ability to allow the character of the place to resonate in the wines; a reflection of both the land and the hand. Tony Soter found his passion in winemaking in Napa Valley where he was the winemaker and consulting winemaker for many iconic proprieties. His start was at Chappellet in the late 70’s, followed by a long tenure at Spottswood, adding Shafer, Dalla Valle, Viader, Moraga, and Araujo to his resume. He started his first winery, Etude, in 1982. Tony was quickly becoming a name in Napa Valley, however his passion of cool climate Pinot Noir would lead him to Oregon in 1997. 

Tony Soter started Soter Vineyards at he was certain he found his true passion of winemaking in Oregon. 

James Cahill joined Tony Soter in 2002 as the Associate Winemaker. He and Tony crafted lovely Pinot Noirs and developed the Sparkling wine program at the Estate. It is worth mentioning that James’ first interview with Tony was at the Mineral Springs address; the vineyard had not been planted but the site clearly had tremendous potential. Today, James is a veteran of 25 harvest season in Oregon. He oversees all grower partnerships and collaborates on all winemaking at Soter Vineyards.

Biodynamic.

Grape / Blend
Pinot Noir

Origin
Willamette Valley, Oregon

Winemaker's Tasting Notes
The 2018 Soter Vineyards Mineral Springs Ranch Pinot Noir offers aromas of blueberry, marionberry, and wet stone. The primary flavors include black cherry, and italian plum, followed by flavors of berry seed, and fresh oyster shell. Complex, structured, and lingering on the palate.

97 Points - James Suckling
This has such ripe red-cherry pinot fruit aromas, as well as forest wood and a swathe of deep-set spices. The palate carries such plush red and dark-cherry flavors in a long, fresh and energetic mode. Commanding pinot with such impressive poise. Drink or hold.

94 Points - Wine Enthusiast 
Biodynamic farmed grapes bring layered and detailed flavors. Raspberry purée adds intensity to the fruit, with accents of toasted grain and lemon. Some 30% of the ferment included whole clusters, and 40% of the wine was barreled in new French oak. The long, drying finish adds highlights of chamomile tea.

93 Points - Wine Spectator 
Structured yet elegant, this unfurls with raspberry and plum flavors that are layered with dusky spice and savory tea notes, building tension toward fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2028.

Product size: 750ml

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