Thursday, June 9, 2016

SOTER VINEYARDS


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Tony Soter, a fixture in the Napa Valley for over 20 years consulting for Araujo, Niebaum-Coppola, Shafer, Spottswoode, Viader and Dalla Valle before retiring from consulting to concentrate on his own vineyard, Etude, which he started in 1982 producing high-end Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Blanc. In 1997 he purchased the 240 acre Mineral Springs Ranch in his native Oregon, sold Etude in 2001, then producing 9000 cases per year to Beringer. Mineral Springs is now home to 30 acres of Pinot Noir which was planted in 2002. In 2006 two acres of Chardonnay were planted which are devoted entirely to his Method Champenoise sparkling wine production. In addition to the wines from his home vineyard he also produces wines from vineyard sites located throughout the Northern Willamette Valley. The Estate wines are focused on the unique qualities of a single vineyard, the North Valley wines represent the vineyards of the region, mostly blends from a handful of the best sites they can access, and occasionally a single vineyard wine produced with the same focus on quality and artisan traditions as Soter’s Estate wines. North Valley Vineyards is a Partnership between Tony & Michelle Soter, along with winemaker James Cahill, and Director of Sales & Marketing, Brian Sypher, representing a combination of deep, collective experience, and genuine passion. All of the production facilities and hospitality buildings are located on the Mineral Springs ranch.

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Friday, February 12, 2016

VILLAGE-FAMILY-WINERY 2012 VOLPAIA CHIANTI CLASSICO


 

 



2012 VOLPAIA CHIANTI CLASSICO
VILLAGE, FAMILY, WINERY
...

90 POINTS
AND UNDER $18

        "At Castello di Volpaia, a dedicated family has created outstanding wines and preserved an ancient town." Mitch Frank Wine Spectator


                                       Volpaia
 

   

Village, Family, Winery-The Castello di Volpaia was built in the 11th century as a
fortified village on the Florence/Siena border. In 1250 Volpaia become an important
 part of Chianti and one of the area's most illustrious families. They were Scientific
Instrument makers and friends of Leonardo da Vinci. Their instruments are still on view
at the Science museums and Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, as well as the Adler
Planetarium in Chicago. The family took their surname from the village itself and
throughout the centuries dedicated themselves to the arts and winemaking. 
 Volpaia is the highest-elevation winery in Chianti with it's vineyards situated at the
1300-2100 foot level. They are committed to organic farming and the wine is
 fermented in two cellars situated in the heart of Volpaia. It is then aged in cellars
beneath the ancient village buildings such as the Church of San Lorenzo, Commenda
, (another large church) and in the original church located on Via Castellana.
  After aging and bottling, it is left to rest in the cellars below Palazzo Canigiani
where the dark and controlled temperature allows the wine to blend and develop
 its unique characteristics.








2012 Volpaia Chianti Classico
Tuscany
Price $17.99/bottle

"Fresh red fruits with hints of animal and wet mountain mushroom.
 Sweet tannin with pencil chalk, dark chocolate and a layer of wood.
Drink now." James Suckling 90 points

Wine Spectator 88 points
Robert Parker Wine Advocate 88 points
Drink 2016-21
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2012 Volpaia Chianti Classico
Tuscany
Price $17.99/bottle

"Fresh red fruits with hints of animal and wet mountain mushroom. Sweet tannin with pencil chalk, dark chocolate and a layer of wood. Drink now." James Suckling 90 points

Wine Spectator 88 points
Robert Parker Wine Advocate 88 points
Drink 2016-21
 
 
 
 
 
 
2012 Volpaia Chianti Classico
Tuscany
Price $17.99/bottle

"Fresh red fruits with hints of animal and wet mountain mushroom. Sweet tannin with pencil chalk, dark chocolate and a layer of wood. Drink now." James Suckling 90 points

Wine Spectator 88 points
Robert Parker Wine Advocate 88 points
Drink 2016-21




 
2012 Volpaia Chianti Classico
Tuscany
Price $17.99/bottle

"Fresh red fruits with hints of animal and wet mountain mushroom. Sweet tannin with pencil chalk, dark chocolate and a layer of wood. Drink now." James Suckling 90 points

Wine Spectator 88 points
Robert Parker Wine Advocate 88 points
Drink 2016-21
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Saturday, September 5, 2015

95 POINT 2012 MOUNT EDEN CHARDONNAY ESTATE

 

95 POINT 2012 MOUNT EDEN CHARDONNAY ESTATE

"Mount Eden wines remain reference points for the Santa Cruz Mountains."
Antonio Galloni Vinous Media

 

Mount Eden above the clouds
Mount Eden Vineyards is a small historic wine estate located on a 2000 foot peak in the Santa Cruz Mountain Appellation about 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Founded in 1945, it is recognized as one of the original “boutique” California Winery properties focusing on small lots of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. While most of California was producing jug wine Martin Ray started to produce wine from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes in the 1930s. Following in his footsteps have been such outstanding winemakers such Richard and Peter Graff, Merry Edwards, Bill Anderson and Fred Peterson to continue Martin Ray’s legacy by using the same sites and clones to craft delicious, complex, long-lived estate wines.

Since 1981 Jeffrey Peterson has guided the winemaking and grape growing at Mount Eden.  The continued success of Mount Eden is a tribute to all those visionaries that came before him.
 
2012 Mount Eden Chardonnay Estate Santa Cruz Mountains
Bottle Price $59.99/bottle

"An utterly enticing, striking wine, the 2012 Chardonnay is captivating from the very first taste. Lemon oil, white flowers and mint are some of the signatures. The 2012 remains subtle and hushed in the glass, with striking interplay of fruit, acidity and bright saline notes. Above all else, the 2012 speaks to pure class. Once again, Mount Eden's Chardonnay stakes its claim as one of this country's oenological jewels. The 2012 appears to have a very bright future. Readers who can find it should not hesitate to pick it up." 
Antonio Galloni Vinous Media 95+ points  Drink 2015-27