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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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 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."
The Wine Advocate
"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."
International Wine Cellar
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.
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...Read More About Willamette Valley
Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr)
Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in
the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because
it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal.
Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...Read More About Pinot Noir
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