Soter Vineyards Mineral Springs Vineyard 2008
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
The wine known as Soter, Mineral Springs Ranch, Pinot Noir (MSR for short) is sourced entirely from the winery property in the Willamette Valley. The 2008 vintage was picked on the 19th of October after an extended growing season allowed complete ripening and physiological fruit development despite a delayed bloom and fruit set. The wine has a lovely deep, garnet hue and presents an uncommonly complex aroma for such a young wine. Suggestions of plum, raspberry and black cherry are intermingled with hints of sandalwood, herbs de provence and more exotic Asian spices. In the mouth, the wine is very silky and lush with the density and depth characteristic of this much anticipated vintage. The vibrant flavors are consistent with the aromas supported by seamless tannins and punctuated by juicy acidity.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2008 Pinot Noir Mineral Springs is even better, coming as it does from one of the Willamette Valley’s greatest vintages. Toasty oak notes, darker fruits, more density and richness, and several years of aging potential are the hallmarks of this brilliantly rendered Pinot. Give it a minimum of 3-4 years of cellaring for it to fully blossom."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright ruby-red. Sexy aromas of raspberry, cherry-cola, sassafras and potpourri. Silky in texture and impressively pure, offering sappy red and dark berry flavors and suave floral pastille and spicecake qualities. Gains weight with air and picks up a bitter cherry quality that carries through the long, spicy finish. Balanced to age but also very attractive right now."
Soter Vineyards is the culmination of Tony Soter's life-long study in viticulture and winegrowing. Settled at Mineral Springs Ranch in the Yamhill-Carlton District of the Willamette Valley, Tony and his family invite you to experience this place they regard as a haven for raising exceptional Oregon Pinot Noir and sparkling wines. View all Soter Vineyards Wines
About Willamette ValleyView a map of Willamette Valley wineries (will-AAM-it)
Named for the river that runs through the valley from Portland to Eugene, Willamette Valley is home to some of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the Northwest. While along the same north/south line as Seattle, the Willamette Valley is protected from Pacific rains by the Coast Range on the western border and the Cascade Ranges to the east. Though sunshine is typically plentiful, rainfall can occasionally be tricky, and the wines here vary vintage to vintage. Within the Willamette Valley are are number of sub-regions, including McMinnville, Dundee and Yamhill.
Notable FactsThe valley is known for its Pinots – Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. With a climate similar to Burgundy – in rainfall, sunlight hours and other climate factors – Pinot Noir has flourished here. Pinot Noir in Oregon produces wines that are fruit forward, yet complex, some with good agebility.
Other than Pinot Noir, many wineries grow Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Pinot Gris from Oregon is delightful in its texture and food friendliness. Chardonnay in the valley adapts well to the cool climate and produces lean, elegant wines.
About OregonOregon has long been an agricultural state, producing everything from hazelnuts to cattle. The Willamette Valley in particular is a fertile basin for all sorts of produce. Not quite pegged as a wine state, in 1965, a UC Davis graduate named David Lett decided that the Willamette's climate mirrored that of Burgundy in France. With that in mind, he decided to plant some Pinot Noir clones to see how they did. And a good gamble it was. The Willamette is now one of the only regions in the world to focus solely on Pinot Noir as its red variety. Also known for Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. The southern part of Oregon has been slower in delving into the world wine market, but has been making excellent strides with their Rhone style varietals, like Syrah and Grenache. There are also coastal regions producing promising wines.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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