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2019 Soter Estates Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

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January 29, 2023 - $51

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RATINGS

94Wine Spectator

A wine with dimension and grace...tiers of raspberry, mineral and dusky spice that build expression and tension toward refined tannins.

94James Suckling

A complex, gorgeously fruity and balanced pinot with dried strawberry and raspberry, as well as hints of citrus and hibiscus. Shows intensity and brightness, with a curated and textured mid-palate.

93Vinous / IWC

Intense red and blue fruit, potpourri and cola scents show fine definition and spicy lift. Palate-coating raspberry, boysenberry, spicecake and floral pastille flavors tighten up steadily through the back half. Finishes smooth and long, with sneaky tannins and lingering red fruit and spice notes.

REGION

United States, Oregon, Willamette Valley

Willamette Valley AVA was established in 1983, and it is the oldest appellation in Oregon. Oregon’s modern wine industry began in the Willamette Valley in the 1960s when artists, vagabond winemakers, and U.C. Davis oenology graduates looking for new territory started their own, small, off-the-grid wineries. The appellation is the state’s largest, and it extends 175 miles from Columbia River on the Washington/Oregon border to just south of Eugene, near central Oregon. The Willamette River runs through the area, helping to give the appellation a mild year-round climate. There are six smaller sub-appellations within this AVA, but altogether the Willamette Valley has the largest concentration of wineries in Oregon, as well as the majority of the state’s most famous producers. Pinot Noir is king here, followed by Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling. To most admirers of Oregon Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley offers the most distinctive wine choices in the state.

TYPE

Red Wine, Pinot Noir

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.