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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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2012 Soter Vineyards North Valley Pinot Noir
The 2012 vintage will be regarded as one of the greatest in the history of the Willamette Valley. A warm, early spring flowering helped to begin and ensure full ripening under consistent, sunny skies throughout most of the growing season, which included harvest time. 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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