2016 SOTER NORTH VALLEY PINOT NOIR ROSE WILLAMETTE VALLEY
Region: Willamette Valley
This is the flagship bottling of Soter Vineyards, named after the property where the winery, vineyard, and tasting room are located. Mineral Springs Ranch ("MSR") is a 240-acre Biodynamic farm and vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA in the heart of the Willamette Valley. MSR has an extremely compelling confluence of prime exposure, location and uniform, well-drained sedimentary soils. The vineyard is planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and includes a variety of clones among these several heirloom selections. The property is flanked to the west by the coast range, which offers a natural weather barrier and creates a relatively dry and warm microclimate. Together, these elements create the ideal situation to utilize summer’s long daylight hours for even ripening and establish the foundation for peak expression.
A brand developed by Soter Vineyards, North Valley is--as one may suspect--focused on highlighting the vineyards of the Northern half of the Willamette Valley. The 2016 rose of Pinot Noir spent four months on the lees in French oak barrels (70%) and stainless steel (30%.)
The Willamette Valley is Oregon’s most recognized appellation for cool climate varietals, and it is in the Northern part of this region where the finest vineyards are found - an epicenter we refer to as the North Valley. From within this region of rolling hillsides and diverse soils, the North Valley Vineyards Partners create two tiers of exceptional wines: “Classics,” and “Reserves.”