James Suckling Soter Vineyards, 2014 Soter Pinot Noir 'North Valley'
"A vibrant wine with clarity and tension showing dried strawberries and hints of mushroom character. Medium-bodied, fine and focused. Delivers the Oregon pinot noir experience one expects. Drink or hold." –Nov-16
"Brilliant red. Spice-accented aromas of fresh raspberry, pungent flowers and sassafras gain vivacity from a mineral element. Sappy and seamless on the palate, offering juicy red and dark berry and floral pastille flavors enlivened by a jolt of zesty acidity. Shows very good clarity and lift on the long, smooth finish, which is framed by dusty, slow-building tannins."
Fruit comes from Certified Sustainable Vineyards in the Willamette Valley. Grapes undergo 25% whole-cluster fermentation followed by aging in French oak barrels (5% new).
2014 will be compared to the enormously successful 2012 vintage. The season was long with even, warm weather and allowed winegrowers to elect when to pick - which is a rare privilege in the Willamette Valley.