Tony Soter is a legend in his own time. He lived and worked in Napa for over 20 years, becoming one of the most successful and sought-after winemaking consultants. Eventually, he launched his own brand, Etude, which went on to enjoy immense success and international brand recognition.
But Oregon was the home in his heart, and eventually Tony cashed in his Napa chips and settled on a bucolic property in the Yamhill-Carlton District of the Willamette Valley. There, on his 240 Biodynamic acres called “Mineral Springs Ranch”, he planted 40 acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and launched his iconic Oregon label: Soter Vineyards.
As was to be expected, Tony made a splash and has gathered some serious accolades for his Oregon wines. His methode champenoise Brut Rose sparkling wine has achieved full-fledged cult status, and his Pinots have soured to the top of many a critics’ best-of list. The wines are widely celebrated, and covetously hoarded among collectors.
The White Label “Mineral Springs” bottling is not only 100% estate Pinot Noir from the famed hillcrest vineyard of the same name, but specifically an isolated block from just the very crest of the hill where Tony has planted his own proprietary clone of Pinot Noir vines. The wines from this place are truly one of a kind – I have found nothing else quite like it anywhere.
Yes, I have priced this wine as though I know what I’m holding – and that’s because I do. It will sell – to someone who also knows and appreciates the opportunity I’m offering here. That someone could be you!
Among its many accolades, perhaps the most glowing review came from the man who made it himself – Tony Soter – who is usually a gracefully humble man, but couldn’t help but admit that this particular bottle was a “landmark” wine for him and his career.