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. In 1997, with the help of his wife, he bought a 240 acre ranch in Yamhill-Carlton, first planting 15 acres of Pinot Noir, then another 15, and finally, 2 acres of Chardonnay. The time and energy he's devoted to the vineyard is evident in his intensely fruity, layered Pinot Noirs that do not sacrifice balance or focus for power. Recently, Soter has directed significant attention towards sparkling wines, made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. There is also a Cabernet Franc bottling from the vineyards surrounding the Soter home in Napa Valley.