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Soter Pinot Noir Willamette Valley North Valley 2004

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THE WINE The 2004 North Valley Pinot Noir reflects a new level of quality for this bottling, one we plan to sustain and transcend in the years to come. This is a strategy that has served Tony so well at Etude over the years: aim for excellence and value in a blended Pinot Noir. Blending from multiple sources helps ensure consistency and balance, and can often omany single-vineyard wines. In this regard, we feel the 2004 North Valley Pinot Noir is a very compelling wine and a superb value. THE HARVEST 2004 was a small crop, due to a poor fruit set in the spring and compounded by our meticulous crop thinning in August. In mid-September, slight rain prompted us to harvest some precociously ripe fruit. Much of this became “Firefly” Rosé. We held tight until early October, when our older, own-rooted Pommard and Wadenswil vines gave us some marvelously ripe juice that formed the core of this wine. All of these grapes were farmed without pesticides or residual herbicides, and were certified as sustainable by Oregon’s L.I.V.E. program. WINEMAKING The wine was fermented with 12% whole clusters, and is aged in 30% new French oak from the finest Burgundian coopers. It spent 11 months in barrel, and was racked only once, just prior to going into the bottling tank, where it remained until bottling in February 2006. TASTING NOTE The 2004 North Valley Pinot Noir offers a very expressive nose of fresh morello cherries, black bing cherries, spicy black fruit, cranberries, and wild strawberries. In the mouth the wine is succulent and fine, sauntering into a creamy, persistent finish. Drink this wine from now through 2010. GASTRONOMY We love Pinot Noir for its versatility, and this wine is no exception – it’s a Pinot that will give pleasure with a multitude of dishes. No special occasions or label-anxiety required. We think North Valley is a natural fit with something like grilled quail and squab. What about a hamburger brushed with truffle butter? Washed-rind soft cheeses and, notably, Parmagiano-Reggiano, are also excellent matches.

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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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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/26/2010

A Pinot Noir wine from Oregon in USA. 2004 Soter Pinot Noir North Valley 750ml



THE WINE The 2004 North Valley Pinot Noir reflects a new level of quality for this bottling, one we plan to sustain and transcend in the years to come. This is a strategy that has served Tony so well at Etude over the years: aim for excellence and value in a blended Pinot Noir. Blending from multiple sources helps ensure consistency and balance, and can often omany single-vineyard wines. In this regard, we feel the 2004 North Valley Pinot Noir is a very compelling wine and a superb value. THE HARVEST 2004 was a small crop, due to a poor fruit set in the spring and compounded by our meticulous crop thinning in August. In mid-September, slight rain prompted us to harvest some precociously ripe fruit. Much of this became “Firefly” Rosé. We held tight until early October, when our older, own-rooted Pommard and Wadenswil vines gave us some marvelously ripe juice that formed the core of this wine. All of these grapes were farmed without pesticides or residual herbicides, and were certified as sustainable by Oregon’s L.I.V.E. program. WINEMAKING The wine was fermented with 12% whole clusters, and is aged in 30% new French oak from the finest Burgundian coopers. It spent 11 months in barrel, and was racked only once, just prior to going into the bottling tank, where it remained until bottling in February 2006. TASTING NOTE The 2004 North Valley Pinot Noir offers a very expressive nose of fresh morello cherries, black bing cherries, spicy black fruit, cranberries, and wild strawberries. In the mouth the wine is succulent and fine, sauntering into a creamy, persistent finish. Drink this wine from now through 2010. GASTRONOMY We love Pinot Noir for its versatility, and this wine is no exception – it’s a Pinot that will give pleasure with a multitude of dishes. No special occasions or label-anxiety required. We think North Valley is a natural fit with something like grilled quail and squab. What about a hamburger brushed with truffle butter? Washed-rind soft cheeses and, notably, Parmagiano-Reggiano, are also excellent matches.

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