THE MERCHANT'S MARK
96+ / 100
Blueberries, cherry, violets, dried herbs, plum, and cedar will intoxicate you on entry. A signature of this wine is its palate that is perfectly balanced by velvety tannins, silky fruit, and a dash of spice on the finish. A real beauty today, the 2016 Mineral Springs Ranch has fantastic tension that will allow it to lay down for a decade.... if you can wait that long!
94 / 100
"Glistening magenta. Displays expansive, spice- and mineral-accented red/dark berry preserve scents that take on incense and lavender flourishes with air. Juicy, seamless and energetic on the palate, offering densely packed black raspberry, cherry liqueur and exotic spice flavors that show sharp delineation and back-end thrust. Finishes impressively long and smooth, with resonating red fruit, floral notes and velvety, harmonious tannins that make a cameo appearance."
Soter's Mineral Spring Ranch Pinot Noir is regarded as the Grand Cru of the Willamette Valley. High on the hill, sandstone and minerality offer a complex nose of cherry and boysenberry followed by captivating notes of spice, cola and lavender. year after year, the palate is seamless with a bright and silky entry that transitions to an ample core of dark cherry and wild blackberry.