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 Green Label “Mineral Springs Ranch” bottling is his 100% estate Pinot Noir from the property. It belongs on a very short list of the most iconic and influential Oregon Pinots.
From Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate:
The 2016 Pinot Noir Mineral Springs Ranch is pale to medium ruby-purple in color with a youthfully reticent nose of pulverized stone, delicate blue flower, dried leaves, cola and black fruits. Light to medium-bodied and still tightly coiled in the mouth, with a strong vein of crushed rock minerality, it’s just beginning to give up some ripe black fruits and spicy accents with firm, fine-grained tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing very long and minerally with lots of nerve. Give this a year or two in bottle or consider a decant.