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Soter Origins Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir 2014

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92+ Points, Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Yamhill-Carlton District Pinot Noir, which is principally sourced from Gran Moraine, includes 20% whole cluster fruit and is aged in 30% new French oak. This has a seam of chalk dust infusing the red berry fruit, mixed with rose petal and iris scents. This is well defined and earthy. The palate is medium-bodied with fleshy ripe red fruit, a little more structured than its Ribbon Ridge counterpart, with fine salinity towards the bay leaf-tinged finish. It does not quite possess the persistence that would merit it a higher evaluation, however, it still constitutes a well-crafted, quite "punchy" Pinot Noir that should repay time in bottle." 06/16

Region: USA » Oregon » Yamhill

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  • 2014

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Winery: Soter Vineyards
Color: Red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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Soter Vineyards:
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

92+ Points, Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Yamhill-Carlton District Pinot Noir, which is principally sourced from Gran Moraine, includes 20% whole cluster fruit and is aged in 30% new French oak. This has a seam of chalk dust infusing the red berry fruit, mixed with rose petal and iris scents. This is well defined and earthy. The palate is medium-bodied with fleshy ripe red fruit, a little more structured than its Ribbon Ridge counterpart, with fine salinity towards the bay leaf-tinged finish. It does not quite possess the persistence that would merit it a higher evaluation, however, it still constitutes a well-crafted, quite "punchy" Pinot Noir that should repay time in bottle." 06/16

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