Wine of the Week: Planet Oregon, Oregon, Pinot Noir 2011

Source: Dallas Morning News
July 10, 2013
By Rebecca Murphy

Planet Oregon, Oregon, Pinot Noir 2011

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This is a bargain Oregon pinot noir made by superstar winemaker Tony Soter. It’s a pretty wine with juicy raspberry and cherry aromas and a hint of dried herbs. In the mouth, delicate raspberry and rhubarb fruit is layered with rose petal notes, buoyed by vivid acidity. Enjoy it with grilled salmon or sautéed chicken breast with a fruit salsa.

Soter earned his superstar chops in Napa Valley making Etude wines and consulting with wineries such as Araujo, Shafer, Spottswoode and Dalla Valle. In 1997, he and his wife, Michelle, traded Napa cabernet for Oregon pinot when they moved back to their home state, eventually creating Soter Vineyards.

Soter pinot noirs command prices starting at $50. While many wineries make a less expensive “second label” wine, usually from grapes that don’t make the cut for their top wine, Soter’s goal with Planet Oregon is to highlight sustainability. So he obtains grapes from growers whose vineyards are certified sustainable.

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