2014 Soter Vineyards North Valley Pinot Noir

Year: 2014
Appellation: Willamette Valley
Country: USA - Oregon
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 88
Vinous Media: 90
James Suckling: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.8%
Price :

"Firm and chewy, with a sleek, focused core of cherry and raspberry fruit, picking up clove and pepper notes as the finish persists with élan. Best from 2018 through 2023. 8,900 cases made. –HS " (WS)

"The 2014 Pinot Noir includes 20% whole cluster fruit and sees 10% new French oak. I find that the whole cluster here is better integrated when compared directly with the same proportion used for the Planet Oregon, and it has more purity - black cherry, strawberry and just a touch of vanilla. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, plenty of spice on the entry with tart red cherries and strawberry notes, crisp towards the finish with moderate length. Drink over the next 4-7 years.

Proprietor Bryan Sypher, who unfortunately could not join the tasting when I was in Oregon, was keen to emphasize that North Valley Vineyards is a separate brand from Soter and Planet Oregon. It now has its own vineyard within the Chehalem Mountain AVA that is augmented by fruit sourced from highly esteemed vineyards from within the Northern Willamette Valley’s six defined sub-AVAs. All vines are LIVE Certified Sustainable. (See also Planet Oregon and Soter Vineyards.)" (WA)

"Brilliant red. Spice-accented aromas of fresh raspberry, pungent flowers and sassafras gain vivacity from a mineral element. Sappy and seamless on the palate, offering juicy red and dark berry and floral pastille flavors enlivened by a jolt of zesty acidity. Shows very good clarity and lift on the long, smooth finish, which is framed by dusty, slow-building tannins." (VM)

"A vibrant wine with clarity and tension showing dried strawberries and hints of mushroom character. Medium-bodied, fine and focused. Delivers the Oregon pinot noir experience one expects. Drink or hold." (JS)

Winery Notes:
The Willamette Valley is Oregon's most recognized appellation for cool climate varietal wines, and it is in the Northern part of this region where the finest vineyards are found, an epicenter of quality we refer to as the “North Valley”. While Pinot Noir is the principal focus for what we craft, we also make small amounts of racy Chardonnay, and a dry Rose.