10880 NE Mineral Springs Rd.
tel. (503) 662-5600
40 ac – 48,000 bt
A philosophy major turned vintner, Tony Soter spent 30 years consulting consulted for top Napa Valley wineries such as Spottswoode, Stag’s Leap, Shafer and Niebaum-Coppola. Soter also had his own high-profile California label: Etude Wines. Soter’s heart belonged to Pinot Noir so, in 2001, he and his wife Michelle (a native Oregonian) headed north. In Oregon the Soters found the perfect spot for Soter Vineyards, a former Century Farm called Mineral Springs. Now a thriving 240-acre biodynamic farm and vineyard, Mineral Springs Ranch has a sophisticated culinary program to complement their wine tastings.
On the 240-acre property that includes forests and a three-acre farm, a total of 40-acres are planted to vineyards. The 30-acres of Pinot Noir planted on the ridgetop vineyard consist of a variety of clones including Dijon 114 and 115 Wadenswil and Pommard as well as an heirloom clone. Two acres of Chardonnay were planted in 2006 solely for sparkling wine production. Planting for biodiversity and integrating animals are fundamental tenets at Mineral Springs Ranch. Sheep and goats help with mowing and weed control.
A delicate pale pink, the Soter Vineyards Brut Rosé 2013 (Great wine) opens with beautiful aromatics of early strawberries and cherries followed by a hint of brioche. Released on the Summer Solstice, this blend of estate fruit, 91% Pinot Noir and 9% Chardonnay, is one of Oregon’s most coveted sparkling wines. The Mineral Springs White Label Pinot Noir 2014 enchants with sweet cherry aromas and layered flavors of red fruit, black currants and a wisp of earth and cocoa. The North Valley Chardonnay 2016 is fermented in 100% French oak barrels and left on the lees for eight months. It opens with aromas of tropi- cal fruit and melon and a long, satisfying finish.
PLANT PROTECTION biodynamic preparations, copper and sulfur
WEED CONTROL mechanical, mowing
YEASTS spontaneous fermentation
GRAPES purchase 85%