"The 2012 Pinot Noir Mineral Springs Vineyard includes 30% whole-cluster fruit and is aged in 45% new French oak. The nose is nicely focused with a mixture of red and black fruit, subtle sous-bois scents and later, just a touch of licorice. The palate is medium-bodied with well-judged acidity, clean dark berry fruit tinged with cola and spice, leading to an elegant and focused finish. This is very fine: a sophisticated Pinot Noir to enjoy over the next decade."
Soter Vineyards, 2012 Soter Pinot Noir Mineral Springs Ranch
Mineral Springs Ranch is a240acre
parcel of woodland and grazing land
dotted with ancient Oregon white oak savannas. The
entire property is operated as a certified sustainable farm, home to 500 sheep and a 30acre
planting of Pinot Noir that occupies the ridge top and adjacent slopes at an elevation of 400 feet. These vines are rooted in ancient sedimentary soils derived from fractured marine sandstone.
The combined effect of superb exposure, elevation,
excellent drainage and the cool northwestern
Oregon climate create the potential for consistently
great wines. There is no doubt that experienced
and dedicated farming, along with careful
craftsmanship contribute to the result, but from its
very first vintage this vineyard has expressed its
own singular voice. The wines are compelling
expressions of a place destined to be recognized as
one of the great sites for new world Pinot Noir.
2012 will go down as one of the
finest vintages in the Willamette Valley history. After
two previous vintages of some of the coolest
temperatures on record, Mother Nature provided us
with minimal rainfall, plenty of sunshine, warm and
consistent temperatures throughout the day and
perfectly cool nights. This optimal combination left
us with fruit being evenly ripened and balanced,
with high acidity , and al l around outstanding quality.
An engaging, seductive nose
suggests black cherry, bing cherry, dried cranberry,
spice and rose petals, with a hint of anise. Entry on the palate is silky for a wine that quickly displays an
uncommon level of generosity – it fairly explodes on the mid palate, with noteworthy extract. The anise notes suggested in its aromatics expand to include fennel and red licorice, quite exotic. Lots of spice box notes and some white pepper appear, with scorched earth, dried beef and dark roasted coffee notes. The wine finishes with real intensity, revealing slate and mineral tones, on a frame that is both lush and structured, without being heavy or sacrificing balance. This is a rich wine in the historical “MSR” lineage, with real power, but is a pure Pinot Noir beauty in the end.
95 points, Wine Spectator
“Vibrant and multilayered, offering black cherry, red
plum, sassafras and dead leaf flavors on a long and
silky frame. The gorgeous flavors float through the
finish. Drink no w through 2022.” H.S.