2017 Soter Vineyards Mineral Springs Ranch Pinot noir
Mineral Springs Ranch,
Empty bottle weight: 21.3 ounces / 604 grams
Cork closure with wax dot
2859 cases produced
Organic, biodynamically farmed grapes
Soter’s Mineral Springs Ranch is wrapped over a knoll in Willamette Valley’s Yamhill-Carlton AVA. With just 40 acres of Pinot noir and Chardonnay grapes planted on the 240-acre property, the entire estate is farmed organically as well as using biodynamic farming techniques. With a plethora of animals from cats, dogs, and chickens to goats, donkeys, sheep, pigs, turkeys, cows, and even ducks, the entire ranch has a robust, healthy, sustained ecosystem. Click here to read more about Soter Vineyards farming philosophy. All this goodness really does create great vibes so if you get the chance to visit the ranch, I highly recommend it!
Tart aromas of marionberries, black cherries and cranberries gave way to earthy forest floor and mocha. I find it difficult to fully describe just how truly intoxicating this Pinot was in my glass!
Aged in 40% new French oak from 12 months, I tasted the tart cranberries and ripe marionberries from the bouquet, along with cedar, mocha, and damp forest floor. With abundant acidity, this wine was actually quite delicate and pretty on the palate. The finish had a fine, sandy textured quality that added such pleasure when drinking this wine. The Winerabblers can’t wait to open another Soter bottle from the 2017 vintage.
Food pairing suggestions:
Baked garlic salmon, roasted cauliflower steaks with walnut-kale pesto, creamy pasta with crispy mushrooms.
I suggest buying several bottles, one to open now and a few to cellar away for the next decade and beyond.