St Innocent Pinot Noir Temperance Hill 2017


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Alcohol: 13.5%

Grape(s): Pinot Noir

Localization: Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA

Tasting Notes: A beautifully perfumed nose of baking spices with ginger, cinnamon and allspice, dark dried rosesand blackberries.Very fresh redberriesandcherries with vibrant acidityand hints ofallspice fill your mouth. The freshness continues into the finish with spices and dried fruits that linger softly on the palate.

93 Points - James Suckling: Lots of dried-strawberry and floral aromas with just hints of lemon rind, strawberry and walnut. Some nutmeg husk, too. It’s full-bodied with round, solid tannins and a rich finish. Better in a year or two. Try after 2022.

Food Pairing: Salmon, lamb chops, pork tenderloin, and simply prepared grilled foods mach well with this spicy, dark-red fruited, pure expression of Pinot Noir with its slightly smoky nuances. 

The Domain: St. Innocent Winery was founded in May 1988 by Mark Vlossak, the current winemaker and president, and eight investors. Ten tons of grapes were crushed the first fall, producing 396 cases of still and 176 cases of sparkling wine. Production increased to our full capacity of 6800 cases in 2004. The winery is located in Salem, Oregon, at the southeast corner of the Eola Hills, in the mid-Willamette valley.

St. Innocent produces small lot, handmade wines: seven single vineyard Pinot noirs and a blended Pinot noir called the Villages Cuvée, two Chardonnay from Dijon clone plantings, two Pinot gris, and a Pinot blanc.

The philosophy behind the winemaking at St Innocent is that the function of wine is to complement and extend the pleasure of a meal. The characteristics of a wine should enhance different food and flavor combinations - this interaction amplifies the pleasure of a meal. To this end, St. Innocent wines tend toward higher acid levels, and more diverse and balanced flavors.