Name: Soter Vineyards 'Mineral Springs Ranch' Pinot Noir
Country: United States
Sub-Region: Willamette Valley
Producer: Soter Vineyards
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Wine Spectator Review: 93 Points
"Harmonious and elegantly layered, with raspberry, violet and savory spice accents that dance toward polished tannins."
- Tim Fish
From the Winery:
"THE VINEYARD: Mineral Springs Ranch (MSR) is a 240-acre Biodynamic farm and vineyard in the heart of Oregon wine country. Mineral Springs Vineyard consists of 40 acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay situated along the ridgeline of the property. The combination of respectful farming, ancient marine soils, and temperate climate, result in wines that are layered, nuanced, and captivating while expressing their singular place of origin.
THE VINTAGE: The 2017 growing was slow to start and came on the heels of a cold, wet winter. Bud break occured at the end of April, and the weather remained dreary until late May when opportunely clear skies and warm weather graced our entire growing region. Full bloom in the vineyard came in late June and was uninterrupted, priming us for record breaking yields, even with vigorous crop thinning. As mid-September approached, our sense or urgency to harvest increased with the threat of pending rains. As our Viticulturist, Nadine Basile put it, "We pulled in the last clusters right as the first morning drops were beginning to fall and we couldn't believe our luck. For such a late season, we were happy to see zero disease in the fruit. It was an extremely clean harvest due to the hot summer we had experienced, and the long hang time was essential to great flavor development."