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Soter Vineyards Mineral Springs Ranch Pinot noir 2011


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2011 vintage notes:

Portland Monthly Magazine's #1 Oregon Pinot, and one of our favorites of the vintage.

2010 Wine Advocate - 93 points - Rose petal and geranium fascinatingly mingle with scents of cherry and almond in the nose of Soterís 2010 Pinot Noir Mineral Springs Ranch; then inform a silken-textured, infectiously-juicy palate, rich in ripe cherry and piquant nut oils yet buoyant and positively billowing in its expression of inner-mouth florality, leading to a long, mouthwateringly savory, disarmingly persistent and next sip-inducing finish in which floral and spice accents alluringly keep pace with the generous flow of fruit. Look for at least a dozen years of delight from this polished beauty, which will almost certainly gain in complex allure and fascination. - David Schildknecht

SF Chronicle Recommended 2010 Pinot: Tony Soter's Oregon effort found a great stride with the vintage and this 30-acre planting shows pristine, bright flavors from the old marine sandstone soils. Full of bayberry and a watermelon-skin grip, with celery seed and mineral accents that signal its Oregon soul.- the Chronicle

Cruising down the backroads outside Carlton, Oregon with a friend from New York City, we came across Soter's Mineral Springs Ranch. Low fog hovered just above the trees and the sun made a rainbow straight across the vineyard.

After that experience, we went to the winery and tried the "rainbow wine." Every time I've had the Mineral Springs Ranch since then, I taste a bit of the vivid colors and misty light of that special day.

Mineral Springs Ranch Pinot noir: Rich red fruit on the nose preps you for one of the most lush and fresh red raspberry Oregon Pinots I've tasted from the stellar 2010 vintage. While the fruit is big, Tony and James did not sacrifice balance resulting in a silky finish that is quickly becoming the standard of excellence for the vintage. The 2010 Mineral Springs will excite all palates from today through 2020. - Andy

Tanzer 93 points: "Bright ruby-red. Heady aromas of candied red fruits, incense and cola, with suave floral nuances building in the glass. Offers intense raspberry and cherry flavors and bright blood orange and spicecake qualities, along with a touch of anise. Fine-grained tannins give shape and grip to the long, nervy, focused finish. This wine should age well on its balance." - J.R.


Below, bottling Pinot noir at Soter

Soter bottling barn and corking tube machine

Soter's Mineral Spring Vineyard is 32-acres planted in 2002 just east of Carlton, Oregon. The soils, derived from fractured siltstone and sandstone, are ancient marine sediments that drain well and are thus perfectly suited to viticulture.

2008 Vintage Tasting Notes
New York Times #6 of their Top Ten 2008 Pinots! 2008 Wine Advocate - 95 points

Exotic aromas of sandalwood, sarsaparilla, white pepper and crushed wild berries entice you. The flavors of the 08 Mineral Springs are pretty wound up - it has "cellar" written all over it. In a vintage of ageworthy wines, the Mineral Springs stands out as especially well-built for long term aging. - Marcus

Below, Michelle Soter with the winery dogs on a foggy morning at the vineyard

Michelle Soter and the dogs out for a coffee on a foggy morning

2007 Vintage Tasting Notes
Tanzer 93 points Parker (The Wine Advocate) 92 points

WOW. One of the most exciting 2007 Pinots made. Dark in nature, oozing with delectable black raspberry and cherry and a bottom note of fresh Oregon blackberries. Cellared for extra year before release and it shows.

The Mineral Springs 07's rich blackberry and black cherry flavors, accented by spice and a hint of incense are round and full. Beautifully textured, the silky tannins, impressive complexity, and a long finish make this a wine you'll find a special place for in your cellar.

As in previous vintages, this is one of our choices for top Pinots of the vintage. Glorious aromas of herbs, forest, graham, and black fruit manage to express both the richness of this bounteous wine and the elegance of Soter's expert winemaking. - Jean & Marcus

2006 Vintage
Wine Advocate - 93 points

2005 Vintage
Wine Spectator - 92 points

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