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Canal's Bottlestop USD 34.96 750ml

Soter North Valley Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012

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"The 2012 vintage will be regarded as one of the greatest in the history of the Willamette Valley. A warm, early spring flowering helped to begin and ensure full ripening under consistent, sunny skies throughout most of the growing season, which included harvest time. For us, the vintage has yielded hedonistic Pinot Noirs that do not sacrifice balance or focus. They will be enjoyable young, and age for years to come. Aromas and flavors of perfectly ripe raspberries, plus blue and black fruits, are laced with notes of passion fruit. Additional nuances of ripe cane berries, pie spice and earth layer in complexity. The wine has great energy, with cherry pit and mineral elements contributing a fine sense of grip. In 2012, our North Valley Pinot Noir also represents the highest caliber of combined vineyard sources we have been privileged to work with, which include Beacon Hill, Momtazi, Zena Crown and Vista Hills." Winery

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The site of Mineral Springs, located just east of the town of Carlton, is a source of great excitement to us. Planted to 15 acres of Pinot Noir in 2002 and 2003, and 17 acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in 2006, this 250-acre ranch is perched on a mesa with gentle slopes, with commanding views of the surrounding Yamhill-Carlton District. As a vineyard site, Mineral Springs has an extremely ... Read more
The site of Mineral Springs, located just east of the town of Carlton, is a source of great excitement to us. Planted to 15 acres of Pinot Noir in 2002 and 2003, and 17 acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in 2006, this 250-acre ranch is perched on a mesa with gentle slopes, with commanding views of the surrounding Yamhill-Carlton District. As a vineyard site, Mineral Springs has an extremely compelling confluence of prime exposure, and uniform, well-drained, pale sedimentary soils. Imagine half of an upside-down bowl facing due south - here the vines absorb the sun from an ideal aspect, from morning through twilight. Unlike many vineyards with small depressions and moist swales, this is a gentle, highly uniform slope. We have high expectations for the vineyard-designated Pinot Noirs and Sparkling Wine that will eventually emerge from this vineyard. Mineral Springs Vineyard is planted between 380 and 440 feet in elevation. Exposure ranges from southeast to west, with most acreage facing south and southwest. Our soils are crumbly, loamy, pale marine Keasey series sediments such as sandstone and fractured siltstone, mixed with clay. The topsoil layer is rather shallow in many places, and drainage is excellent. Read less

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"The 2012 vintage will be regarded as one of the greatest in the history of the Willamette Valley. A warm, early spring flowering helped to begin and ensure full ripening under consistent, sunny skies throughout most of the growing season, which included harvest time. For us, the vintage has yielded hedonistic Pinot Noirs that do not sacrifice balance or focus. They will be enjoyable young, and age for years to come. Aromas and flavors of perfectly ripe raspberries, plus blue and black fruits, are laced with notes of passion fruit. Additional nuances of ripe cane berries, pie spice and earth layer in complexity. The wine has great energy, with cherry pit and mineral elements contributing a fine sense of grip. In 2012, our North Valley Pinot Noir also represents the highest caliber of combined vineyard sources we have been privileged to work with, which include Beacon Hill, Momtazi, Zena Crown and Vista Hills." Winery

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