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2012 Soter Vineyards Pinot Noir North Valley Willamette Valley
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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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2012 Soter Vineyards Pinot Noir North Valley Willamette Valley

Producer: Soter Vineyards
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Pinot Noir
Origin: Oregon
Region: Willamette Valley

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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2014

Vivid red.  Fresh red and dark berry aromas are spiced up by white pepper and clove.  On the palate, juicy raspberry, floral pastille and licorice flavors are lifted by tangy acidity.  Silky and seamless on the incisive finish, which is firmed by taut, fine-grained tannins that fade smoothly into the wine's juicy fruit.  An outstanding effort, especially for an entry-level bottling.

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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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