In 2005, Tony Soter launched North Valley Pinot Noir as a side project to his own Soter Vineyards, which he established in 1997. North Valley eventually became its own winery, with a separate tasting room and identity from Soter Vineyards. Fast forward to 2016, when the North Valley Wines were again bottled under the Soter name as his “Origins” Series. These wines simply take the 40+ year winemaking expertise of one of Napa and Oregon’s greatest craftsmen, along with his winemaker James Cahill, and simply apply it to excellent sites the winery does not own. But these wines remain super-ripe, fruity, and pure expressions of Oregon Pinot Noir
We fell hard for this wine’s notes of fresh and dried red plums, red berries like cranberry, and sweet pipe tobacco and fallen leaves. Ribbon Ridge is known for its sweetness of fruit, and this wine certainly illustrates why!
The 2016 Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir is pale to medium ruby-purple in color with oolong tea and dried violet notions over black cherry and blackcurrant with a vein of crushed rock. Medium-bodied, it’s got great concentration of spice-laced black fruits in the mouth with a gorgeous streak of juicy acidity and soft, fine-grained tannins, finishing very long and on a dried leaves note.