2014 Soter Vineyards North Valley Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton

Year: 2014
Appellation: Yamhill-Carlton District
Country: USA - Oregon
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 92+
Vinous Media: 92
James Suckling: 96
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.1%
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"Bright and sleek, polished and expressive, offering raspberry, cherry, cinnamon and floral notes that swirl into a long and lively finish. Best from 2018 through 2024. 450 cases made. –HS " (WS)

"The 2014 Yamhill-Carlton District Pinot Noir, which is principally sourced from Gran Moraine, includes 20% whole cluster fruit and is aged in 30% new French oak. This has a seam of chalk dust infusing the red berry fruit, mixed with rose petal and iris scents. This is well defined and earthy. The palate is medium-bodied with fleshy ripe red fruit, a little more structured than its Ribbon Ridge counterpart, with fine salinity towards the bay leaf-tinged finish. It does not quite possess the persistence that would merit it a higher evaluation, however, it still constitutes a well-crafted, quite "punchy" Pinot Noir that should repay time in bottle.

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)

"Vivid red. Lively, intensely perfumed raspberry, Asian spice and potpourri scents are complicated by hints of woodsmoke and white pepper. Silky in texture and alluringly sweet; juicy acidity provides spine and lift to juicy red fruit liqueur, spicecake and rose pastille flavors. This concentrated but nervy Pinot finishes with suave, even tannins, excellent focus and very persistent floral character." (VM)

"Terrific density and intensity here with orange peel, white peaches and strawberries. Full body, great texture and magnificent length. Polished, velvety tannins that remain supple. A wine with great aging potential. Wow. Better in 2019." (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.