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St. Innocent
Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 07 $35.95

New 2007 Shea, White Rose, Justice, Zenith, Temperance Hill


St. Innocent's 2006 Shea Vineyard Pinot noir received 94 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Jay Miller, Parker's Oregon critic, wrote of St. Innocent's Pinots: "...his 2006 Pinot Noirs are very successful and his 2007s in barrel might be even better."

 

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Setting reviews aside,
St. Innocent's 2007 Shea Vineyard Pinot noir is superb wine, and an exceptional value among Shea Vineyard bottlings.

 

Try it for yourself.


St. Innocent
Shea Vineyard Pinot noir 07

$35.95/$32.36
PREVIOUS VINTAGE $41.95

St. Innocent Pinot noir Shea Vineyard 07 has seamless layers of wild dark berries and a bead of sweet cherry entice your taste buds. Like the 2006, the 07 Shea has a rich texture and excellent weight. The finish stays fresh, with a violet-mint lift. St. Innocent's 07 Shea shows nicely with a little decanting, and has the balance and integration to age for 8-10 years. Highly recommended. - Avalon

 

St. Innocent Shea Vineyard Pinot noir 2006 received 94 points from Parker's Wine Advocate.

More Newly Released St. Innocent Wines
White Rose, Justice, Zenith, Temperance Hill Pinots
Vitae Springs Pinot gris, Freedom Hill Chardonnay

St. Innocent's newly released single vineyard 2007 Pinot noirs build on Mark's tradition of artisan craftsmanship. Well made and expressive, these 2007's show the best qualities of the vintage and the singular character of each vineyard.

 

St. Innocent
Temperance Vineyard Pinot noir 07
$31.95/$28.75

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The 2007 is made from an old section of Temperance Hill Vineyard. This 24 year old, phylloxera-effected section of the vineyard was pulled out and replaced in 2008. The grapes produced a small amount of intensely flavored Pommard clone grapes for the 2007 Pinot, making a wine that Mark Vlossak refers to as "a piece of history".

 

A subtle hint of lilacs mingles with sweet red cherry in the perfumed scent of the 2007 Temperance. Ripe, round, red berry and cherry flavors open and expand as spice notes extend the wine's smooth, lengthy finish. - Avalon

 

When I fire up the barbecue, this is the wine I serve. It matches perfectly with grilled salmon, meats, veggies and potato salad (my favorite summer meal). Ready to drink, the 2007 Pinot noir, Temperance Hill will evolve over a decade. - the winery

St. Innocent
White Rose Vineyard Pinot noir 07
$47.95/$43.16


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The 2007 is impressive and typical White Rose Pinot - the vineyard is known for its hedonistic qualities, and they show here. The usual perfume of white flowers is present, followed by fresh red raspberry and red cherry flavors. The smooth and structured tannins suggest decanting for an hour or two before drinking. This is the most exotic of the St. Innocent Pinots, from an incredibly low-yielding, old-vine, higher-elevation vineyard in the Dundee Hills.

 

Sipping the White Rose takes you back to the vineyard site, high above the Willamette Valley. There's always a light breeze, scenting the air with grass, wildflowers and wild herbs. The view is spectacular, like the wine. - Avalon

 

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St. Innocent
Justice Vineyard Pinot noir 07
$47.95/$43.16

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Justice Vineyard shows its promise with the supple nature of this beautifully textured Pinot. Hugely aromatic, juicy blackberry and blueberry dominate scent and palate. There's strength and body in the glass - the big black fruit flavors match a bit of muscularity in the tannins. Justice Vineyard is owned and managed by Bethel Heights Winery, just down the road from St. Innocent. - Avalon

 

Although only in its seventh leaf, this wine has a breadth of texture and flavor layers that indicate very great potential as the vines achieve maturity. This Pinot noir complements sweet meat entrees - salmon, lamb chops, pork tenerloin and filet. When served young, this wine is best opened 1-2 hours before serving . It is drinkable at release and will benefit from aging up to 8 years. - the winery

 

St. Innocent Justice Vineyard Pinot noir 2006 received 92 points from Parker's Wine Advocate

St. Innocent
Zenith Vineyard Pinot noir 07
$31.95/$28.75

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St Innocent Zenith Vineyard Pinot noir 07 - The 2007 Zenith Pinot is, in a word, intense. Roses, jasmine, and raspberry flowers mingle in the nose, and expansive bing cherry and red raspberry flavors please the palate. An edgy hint of minerality in the rich fruit flavors and the smooth tannins makes the wine distinctive and unique.

 

The Zenith Vineyard, formerly called O'Connor, is St. Innocent's estate vineyard. It is situated among the estate vineyards of Witness Tree, Cristom, and Bethel Heights. - Avalon

 

St. Innocent Zenith Vineyard Pinot noir 2006 received 90 points from Parker's Wine Advocate.

 

St. Innocent
Freedom Hill Vineyard Chardonnay 07
$22.95/$20.66

Mark Vlossak compares the 2007 St Innocent Freedom Hill Chardonnay to a white Burgundy from Meursault - there is a richly textured mouthfeel, a distinct sense of stones and slate, and a crisp finish.

 

The scent of the 2007 Freedom Hill Chardonnay contains mineral notes entwined with hints of pear, citrus blossom, and toast. Flavors are a bit austere, with minerality combining in layers of melon, pear, apple, and spice. The finish is long and shifts from crisp fresh acidity and citrus to clean slate and a rich, leesy texture.

St. Innocent
Vitae Springs Vineyard Pinot gris 07
$18.95/$17.05

Always one of Oregon's best gris, the Vitae Springs Pinot gris is quite Alsacian in style, with pear, peach, and lychee fruit flavors, lemon flower in the nose, and a refreshing, food-oriented clean finish.

 

The fruit and spice aromas are very intense with increased texture on the palate and a clean, lingering finish. The fruit is a mixture of ripe stone fruit and orange rind. Ripe Pinot gris gets a intriguing spice quality that sometimes has an almost chili-like heat. - the winery

 

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Big Changes at St. Innocent
From Industrial Park to Scenic Vistas

I recently drove by a gorgeous new winery in the Eola Hills. When I realized it was St. Innocent's new facility, I was floored. What a complete change of style. For twenty years, St. Innocent was the epitome of low key, located amongst the offices and garage storage spaces of an industrial park in Salem.

St. Innocent has never been open to the public. A few times a year, owner and winemaker Mark Vlossak would open the winery to friends, cook one of his delicious banquets, and pour his new wine releases. (His legendary leg of lamb recipe below) The rest of the time, the winery was closed to the public. Decor consisted of barrels and stainless steel tanks, decorated with plastic hoses.

 

The new St. Innocent Winery and Zenith Vineyard is jaw-dropping. There are banquet halls with panoramic vistas, a sweeping green lawn with wedding bower, vintage French wine posters throughout the winery, and color adjusted lighting (for judging grape quality) in the sorting room. The winemaking equipment is state-of-the-art and designed by Mark. He's used his 20+ years of experience to create a facility any winemaker would go crazy for.

 

-Jean

 

 

 

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Mark's Famous Lamb Recipe

Herbed Leg of Lamb

 

One 5-8 pound leg of lamb, trimmed

 

1 t. ea. ginger, thyme, sage, marjoram, and rosemary

1 t. ea. salt and pepper

1 T. soy sauce

1 T. olive oil

20 cloves of garlic

 

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

 

Combine the herbs, spices, soy, and oil into a paste. Cut small slits in the lamb and insert the garlic.

 

Rub the herb paste thoroughly over and into the meat.

 

Place the meat on a rack in a roasting pan. Brown for 20 minutes.

 

Reduce the heat to 325 and roast uncovered for 16 minutes per pound for medium (160 degrees on a meat thermometer).

 

Let stand 20 minutes before carving.

 

Serve with pan gravy, a white bean casserole, a tossed green salad, and your favorite Pinot noir.

 

copyright Mark Vlossak

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