2014 Soter Vineyards North Valley Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills

Year: 2014
Appellation: Eola-Amity Hills
Country: USA - Oregon
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 91
James Suckling: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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"Offers firm, powdery tannins and generous cherry, cinnamon and floral flavors on a medium-weight frame, picking up savory notes as the finish goes on. Best from 2018 through 2022. 450 cases made. –HS " (WS)

"The 2014 Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir comes from several contracted blocks in Zena, including 20% whole cluster fruit and 25% new French oak. The aromatics are powerful for the vintage, those black plum and cranberry notes revving up in the glass, with a hint of iodine in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with good backbone, a little more saline than the Dundee Hills Pinot Noir, though without quite the same level of persistence.

I tasted the wines of Soter Vineyards with Tony Soter at their recently refurbished North Valley Vineyards base. There is a strict selection here and he told me that he did not bottle AVA-specific Pinots in 2013. "I was worried that 2014 was too sunny and that the wines were maybe a little Californian, but they have since developed structure in bottle. The harvest spread of three weeks, mostly in the third week of September." There is clearly a great deal of quality control here at Soter Vineyard and that is evidenced by the four AVA offerings in 2014, plus the outstanding Mineral Springs Ranch White label." (WA)

"Ruby-red. Musky, deep-pitched aromas of blackberry, cherry cola and pungent flowers, plus a smoky flourish and a hint of vanilla. Sappy and penetrating in the mouth, offering bitter cherry and dark berry flavors complemented by licorice and mocha notes. Becomes livelier with air and finishes smoky and very long; dusty tannins add shape to the sappy dark fruit." (VM)

"Floral and vivid blue-fruit aromas plus hints of strawberries. Full-bodied, yet toned and formed with pretty fruit and chewy tannins. Fresh and muscular. Need two or three years to soften. Better in 2019. From environmentally sustainable grapes." (JS)

Winery Notes:
Bright, blue/red color in the glass. The wine begins with a lovely nose of blueberry pie, lavender, baking spices and earth notes. Brambly and focused on the palate with dark berry fruits, earth and tea leaf. While a medium bodied wine in stature, it remains bright on the palate throughout, thanks to noteworthy acidity. Finishes beautifully with hints of orange peel and blackberries, and some youthfully firm tannins that promise a long life ahead.