Soter Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton Beacon Hill 2006
Soter Beacon Hill Pinot Noir is a delicious wine with enticing aromas of cassis black raspberry cola smoke chocolate and flowers wrapped around a blackberry core. Dense lush and suave it has outstanding concentration of fruit and is big structured powerful and deep with a long flavorful finish.
We just opened this up on Friday and it was such a treat! An elegant pinot that was smooth and full of blackblerries...highly recommend it.
2003 was a very hot year in OR. This wine reflects that vintage: powerfully ripe, monolithic, and still very primary. Lovely pinot texture is offset by a jammy, one-dimensional palate. May yet evolve into something more interesting.
[The Harrison: grilled seabass] Deep violet color. Beautiful aromas of brambleberry, dark cherry and pepper. Started with some dark fruit and a hard edge, but nice subtle blueberry finish. After a couple of hours rounded out nicely with dense, dark cherry, blackberry; later developed rich mocha. Substantional oak and tannins for a pinot. Improvement significantly after a couple of hours, will likely benefit from a year or two, but really enjoyable now.
Presented younger than the previous bottle. Drank over 2 hours. Was overwhelmed by tannins and oak. Otherwise, aromas of rose, maple, cherry. On the palate, oak, medicinal finish. Will hold off drinking the last 2 bottles for 9-12 months.
Black currant and dried cherries on the nose. On the palate raspberry and plum coming through with some toasted oak. Too acidic at first, but after 1 hour the acidity mellowed and turned to very enjoyable.