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Soter Pinot Noir Willamette Valley North Valley 2005

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Winemaker Tony Soter has dedicated his carreer to producing versatile, seductively aromatic and affordable Pinot Noirs. The grapes were picked in late September 2005, before the rain-storms that wreaked havoc on so many sites that year. It has a silky, succulent texture that conveys suppleness without heaviness. It possesses a heady perfume of fresh strawberries, crushed red cherries, subtle eastern spice notes, musk, and a note of marzipan. The finish is persistently fruity. This subtle, elegant Pinot wraps you in silk, rather than beating a bass drum.

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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

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Snooth User: Jake81
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12/08/2009

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Winemaker Tony Soter has dedicated his carreer to producing versatile, seductively aromatic and affordable Pinot Noirs. The grapes were picked in late September 2005, before the rain-storms that wreaked havoc on so many sites that year. It has a silky, succulent texture that conveys suppleness without heaviness. It possesses a heady perfume of fresh strawberries, crushed red cherries, subtle eastern spice notes, musk, and a note of marzipan. The finish is persistently fruity. This subtle, elegant Pinot wraps you in silk, rather than beating a bass drum.

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