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Wine Spectator
Soter Vineyards, 2012 Soter Pinot Noir Mineral Springs Ranch

95
"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."
–Sept 2014
Wine Advocate
Soter Vineyards, 2012 Soter Pinot Noir Mineral Springs Ranch

92
"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."
–April 2015

Soter Vineyards, 2012 Soter Pinot Noir Mineral Springs Ranch

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2012 Soter Pinot Noir Mineral Springs Ranch
Soter Vineyards

THE VINEYARD.

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.

VINTAGE NOTES

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. TASTING NOTES

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.


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