Soter's 2012 Pinot Noir North Valley brilliantly showcases its vintage's virtues, as well as confirms his and Cahill's belief in its superiority to 2010. A silken texture is allied to animation, brightness and refreshment; sweetly ripe though tart-edged and piquantly pit-inflected fresh red berry fruit is garlanded with freesia and wisteria, but also tinged with smoky black tea and pungent green herbs. Somehow, the overall effect is not at all bifurcated or awkwardly edgy but instead reflects productive tension, culminating in a long, buoyant finish at once soothing and stimulating in its burst of berry seed-crunching. I predict that this terrific value will show handsomely through at least 2018.
92 points" - David Schildknecht, eRobertParker.com #209
Winemaker's Note: 2013 was a near clone of the 2012 growing season until the third week of September when some rain called for some fine tuning in the vineyard. In the end, for those who performed vigorous selection, some quite fine wines were produced. This Pinot noir exhibits charming aromas of bright red fruits, with baking spices and underbrush. The nose is bright and high toned - very expressive. Medium bodied on the palate with a darker fruit profile, the wine is sleek and silky in texture. Additional notes of black mission figs and plums emerge, with some anise, black pepper and a little forest floor note. In the finish, the wine reveals clove and hints of espresso. Soft, youthful tannins are nicely balanced with acidity, and the wine is quite seamless.