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The modern era of Oregon winegrowing began only in the 1960s, first in the Umpqua Valley, then later in what was to be of greatest importance, just north in the Willamette Valley. Today, Oregon (in particular, the Willamette Valley) is rightly regarded as producing fine Pinot Noir wines at the very highest levels of quality in the USA. And, then, there are its superb Pinots Gris, and the burgeoning quality of its Chardonnay and Riesling wines.

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2013 Soter Vineyards North Valley Pinot Noir

2013 was a near clone of the spectacular 2012 growing season. Late September rains encouraged vigorous selection in the vineyard close to harvest - yielding some quite fine wines for those who diligently tended their vineyards. Our friend and ex-Austinite turned Oregonian man of wine, James Cahill, has crafted a beautiful example here. Aromas of cola, berry and earth give way to a dense, complex palate of dark fruit, herb and baking spice flavors. Nicely structured with good grip yet retaining a classic velvety texture, this wine competes favorably with equivalently-priced Pinot Noir from anywhere in the world.

$32.50 the bottle  $331.56 the case

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