2014 Soter Vineyards North Valley Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge

Year: 2014
Appellation: Ribbon Ridge
Country: USA - Oregon
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 92
James Suckling: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.1%
Price :


"Firmly tannic, with ripe blueberry and blackberry flavors rising up against the texture and prevailing on a long, pointed finish. Has presence, depth and persistence. Best from 2018 through 2024. 450 cases made. –HS " (WS)

"The 2014 Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir comes from one large 80-acre holding of which Soter purchases from six different plots from the eastern to the western flank. It includes 25% whole cluster fruit and is matured in 33% new French oak. It has my pick of aromatics from the four Single Vineyard, perfumed with wilted rose petal scents infusing the red cherries and strawberry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied, fleshier than its peers with slightly earthy red berry fruit, and with commendable depth and balance on the finish. I appreciate the harmony and character here.

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)

"Lurid ruby-red. Suave, spice- and mineral-laced red berry and potpourri aromas pick up a smoky nuance with air. Sweet and precise on the palate, offering vibrant raspberry and cherry flavors along with muskier rhubarb and floral pastille notes. The clinging, red-fruit-driven finish shows excellent clarity and smooth, sneaky tannins." (VM)

"A firm and tight red with blue fruits such as blueberries, mushrooms and bark. Even pine cones are thrown into the mix. Full-bodied, fine and very long. Linear and exciting. Conifer undertones. Unique character. Drink or hold. Better in 2019. From environmentally sustainable grapes." (JS)

Winery Notes:
Saturated, ruby red color in the glass. A big, round, juicy nose of black cherries, chocolate and warm spices leads the way. Very bright on the palate, offering a generous mouthful of black cherries, figs, clove and a hint of thyme. Rich, but eminently balanced, the flavors develop nicely through a finish that is long and structured. Quite expressive as a young wine, and while generous now, will impress as it develops with even greater complexity.