St. Innocent Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

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SKU 01536

750ml

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St. Innocent Winery was founded in 1988 by winemaker Mark Vlossak. Known for producing small lots of handmade, vineyard-designated wine from top sites in the Willamette Valley, the winery currently makes up to 10,000 cases per year of about a dozen wines combined. Believing that great wine starts in the vineyard, Mark practices sustainable, organic and biodynamic farming in each of the sites they harvest, and he strives to express the unique terroir of each vineyard, much in the way the Burgundians handle Pinot Noir. This Pinot is from the illustrious Shea Vineyard originally planted by Dick Shea. This vineyard’s marine sediment soils helps account for the blue/black fruit and tannin structure, which is markedly different that the classic high-toned red fruit profiles of Pinot Noir produced from the red, volcanic soils Dundee Hills just a couple of miles to the southeast. Made from 100% destemmed grapes then aged for 16 months in 32% new French oak barrels, this was bottled by gravity without fining. Winemaker Mark Vlossak suggests serving this Pinot with lamb, duck and other game birds.
Category Red Wine
Varietal
Country United States
Region Oregon
Appellation Willamette Valley
Brand St. Innocent
  • st93

International Wine CellarHeady, exotically perfumed aromas of dark berries, Asian spices, incense and candied flowers are sharpened by a zesty mineral quality and a hint of white pepper. Stains the palate with intense black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that become sweeter and deeper with air. Shows superb energy, focus and depth of fruit on the extremely long, spicy finish. Supple tannins build slowly and add shape but don't get in the way of this sexy pinot's assertive fruit.

Stephen Tanzer
  • wa90

Wine AdvocateThe 2012 Shea Vineyard 2012 was fermented in two fermenters without sulfur addition and is aged in French oak for 16 months, 20% new oak. It has a pretty bouquet, very pure with cranberry, wild strawberry and fig with a touch of honey and marmalade lending a little exoticism, the leitmotif of the growing season. The palate is medium-bodied with rounded tannin, dusky black fruit, well-judged acidity, but surprisingly backward toward the finish. There is good density to this Pinot Noir, a firm backbone with sufficient salinity on the finish to urge another sip.

Neal Martin, March 2015