Soter Vineyards 2009 Mineral Springs Ranch Pinot Noir - Review
Willamette Valley (Yamhill-Carlton), Oregon
Our Selection for Wine of the Week July 2, 2012
Soter Vineyards 2009 Mineral Springs Ranch Pinot Noir Willamette Valley (Yamhill-Carlton), OR
Nestled in the northwest end of the Willamette Valley, where the weather is similar to that of Burgundy, Tony and Michelle Soter's winery concentrates on the Oregon tradition of Pinot Noir. A native of the state who earned his reputation consulting in California for such famous Napa wineries as Niebaum-Coppola (now Inglenook), Shafer, Viader and Spottswoode, Tony returned to Oregon to concentrate on his family and namesake vineyard. The critically acclaimed winery currently produces both still and sparkling wines featuring the world-class Pinot grapes of the northern Willamette. The 2009 Mineral Springs Ranch Pinot Noir is Soter's estate-grown wine. On the nose it offers ripe black raspberry and black currant, mingled with rose petals and wild game meats. The wine teases the front of the palate with cranberry and black currant fruit. Toward the mid and back, Eastern spice and earth notes bring complexity and sophistication. A nicely structured wine with drying tannins, it is ready to drink now but would benefit from a year or two of cellaring. Showcase the wine with simple dishes like roast chicken and potatoes or, for a seasonal spin, buffalo burgers on the grill.