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2009 Soter Vineyards Pinot Noir Mineral Springs Ranch Yamhill Carlton District
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About Soter Vineyards

Tony Soter made his name with Cabernet Sauvignon in California at Spottswoode, as well as with his own Etude label. But to show he was serious about Oregon Pinot Noir, he relocated to the Willamette Valley. The time and energy he's devoted to the vineyard is evident in his intensely fruity, layered Pinots that do not sacrifice balance or focus for power.

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2009 Soter Vineyards Pinot Noir Mineral Springs Ranch Yamhill Carlton District

Producer: Soter Vineyards
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Pinot Noir
Origin: Oregon
Region: Willamette Valley
Appellation: Yamhill-Carlton District

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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2013

(made with 30% whole clusters and 40% new oak):  Vivid ruby-red.  Powerfully scented aromas of candied red fruits, cola, incense and Asian spices, with a bright mineral overtone.  Stains the palate with sappy black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors that are lifted and braced by a zesty mineral quality.  Closes sweet, spicy and very long, with silky tannins that fade into the wine's dense fruit.  Pretty seductive right now but I wouldn't consider broaching this pinot for at least another five years.

91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Pinot Noir

Adored by critics, prized by collectors, Pinot Noir is one of most tantalizing yet temperamental varietals in the world. For many wine enthusiasts, this is part of the appeal of Pinot -- it doesn't reveal its charms easily. Pinot Noir's virtue also stems from the unique characteristics of the grape. The skins are especially delicate, which accounts for the lighter color and body of finished wine. But, despite the delicacy, the best wines have excellent backbone and...
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