Basic info: Soter Mineral Springs White Label Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR, 2012
Price estimate: $100 (from winery)
Look: Medium red, slight transparency with some legs.
Smell: cherry, blackberry, some mineral and earth
Taste: Black cherry and raspberry on the first sip. Changes to a slight mineral note in the middle and the finish is long. Notes of cherry and cranberry give way to a deeper taste – slight earth, but not unpleasant.
Conclusions: Bob called this the best Pinot Noir he’s ever had and I think he’s right. The taste is smooth, refined and deep. About as perfect a bottle as I think I will ever have.
Other notes: When we went to Oregon last year Soter was our last winery stop and we really loved almost everything we tasted. 2012 is considered a premier year for Oregon wines and this wine shows why. We debated about buying it (it is expensive, no two ways about it) but decided that we would get it and save it for when I finished school, so that is exactly what we did. We had dinner with Mom and Dad last night and opened this for the table – and everyone liked it. I lingered on each sip, knowing that we did not have another bottle of this and we would probably never have the opportunity to have another bottle of it. This really was a perfect wine.
From the bottle: No bottle notes, but from the winery, “Sourced from the crown of the Mineral Springs Vineyard. A melding of dark fruits and earthiness highlighted by an almost floral perfume. Great concentrations of fruit, fine tannins and a powerful lasting finish.” 14% alcohol by volume.