Mineral Springs Ranch is a 240-acre savanna-like oak woodland and grazing land. It is the home of our Estate vineyard. Located just east of the town of Carlton, the ranch is perched on a mesa with gentle slopes and commanding views of the surrounding Yamhill-Carlton District. Our production facilities and hospitality buildings are here as well, allowing us complete control of all operations. As a vineyard site, Mineral Springs has an extremely compelling confluence of prime exposure, and uniform, well-drained, pale sedimentary soils. The primary slope faces due south. It is here that the vines absorb the sun from an ideal aspect, from morning through twilight. Unlike many vineyards with small depressions and moist swales, this is a gentle, highly uniform slope. Mineral Springs Vineyard is planted between 380 and 440 feet in elevation. Exposure ranges from southeast to west, with most acreage facing south and southwest. Our soils are crumbly, loamy, pale marine Keasey series sediments (such as sandstone and fractured siltstone) mixed with clay. The topsoil layer is rather shallow in many places, and drainage is excellent.
No insecticides or persistent herbicides are ever employed at Mineral Springs, thus protecting the natural flora and fauna in the vineyard, not to mention nearby watersheds. Sustainability is a mission at Soter Vineyards. Whether it's in the ecosystem of our vineyards, the health and well-being of our workers, or the working farm here at Mineral Springs, we aim to be symbiotic stewards of the land for generations to come. Mineral Springs has been certified L.I.V.E. since 2005.
Wines from the Mineral Springs Vineyard feature notes of blackberry, black cherries, white pepper, floral notes that recall freesias and roses, and a distinctively exotic, Asian-spice personality. The wines tend to be sappy and fruit-driven, with lovely acid balance.
100% Pinot Noir, save one acre of Chardonnay destined for Brut Rose.
Mineral Springs is a monopole of Soter Vineyards, and is 100% estate bottled.