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St. Innocent Pinot noir Villages Cuvee 2012


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St. Innocent Winery


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St. Innocent's 2012s are going to be stellar. How do we know? One sniff and sip of the Villages Cuvee signals that big things are in store. Rich and fruit-filled, you'll taste it and start making room for for the single vineyards.

Previous vintage notes: the 2011 Villages Cuvée Pinot noir reflects the signature of Oregon's 2011 vintage: fresh bright fruit, a brightness of acidity, moderate alcohol (12%) and focused, precise flavors. It has a nose of bright red and dark fruit, spices, and dark flowers. It is layered in the mouth with sweet cherry and red berry flavors with pepper, spice, and dark floral notes. The Villages Cuvée will benefit from being opened and decanted for 1-2 hours. Bottled in September '12, it is very approachable now and can be aged up to 6 years to gain complexity. Its freshness and depth of flavor make it a great match for a wide variety of medium-flavored preparations. - the winemaker

2011 Wine Spectator - 90 points - Tight, focused and juicy, with blackberry and currant fruit playing against mineral flavors and tangy acidity as the finish lingers enticingly. Drink now through 2017. - H.S.

2010 Vintage Tasting Notes

2010 Wine Spectator - 90 points - Light and velvety, this is appealing for the savory edge that gives the black cherry flavors more depth, floating easily through the refined finish. Offers length and intensity without weight. Drink now through 2018. - H.S.

2009 Vintage Tasting Notes

"The 2009 Villages Cuvée is a blend of Pinot noir grapes from four different vineyards. The largest portion was grown at Vitae Springs Vineyard and comes from both new and old Pinot noir blocks. The older blocks are planted with Pommard and the 115 Dijon clone in the Inwood block at Vitae Springs. The younger vines are clone 777 and 115 in the Hare and Caleb blocks. The remaining Pinot noir comes from young vines at our estate, Zenith (23%), older vines from Momtazi Vineyard (27%), and a small portion from young vines at Temperance Hill Vineyard (4%).

The 2009 Villages Cuvée Pinot noir has a lovely nose of bright red fruit and sweet spices. Cherry and red berry flavors are layered with pie spices and a hint of flowers. Bottled in September '10, it will benefit from being opened 1-2 hours and can be aged up to 6 years to gain complexity." - the winery

2008 Vintage Tasting Notes

Nicely perfumed with dusky, Pinot-funky notes that quickly turn to savory red cherry, rose petal and toast scents. The palate has a great melding of high and low notes - bright red cherry, berry and citrus meshes with blackberry, toast, peppery spice and fine tannins. In fewer words: balanced and integrated. - Marcus & Adrienne

The 2008 Villages Cuvée Pinot noir has a lovely nose of bright red fruit and sweet spices. Cherry and red berry flavors are layered with pie spices and a hints of flowers. Deep ruby and quite rich for Vitae Springs, the '08 reflects the vintage's more concentrated and robust, layered structure. Bottled in November '09, it will benefit from being opened 1-2 hours and can be aged up to 6 years to gain complexity. This is a beautiful bottle from one of the greatest Oregon vintages in the past 30 years. - Mark Vlossak, winemaker

2008 was an exceptional vintage, made exceptional by being quietly ordinary. Bloom was very late in variable weather. The result was smaller clusters with fewer berries. The summer passed quickly with veraison occuring earlier than expected, leaving the false impression that there was more crop hanging in the vineyard than there really was. Final ripening took place in endless cool, sunny days in an atmosphere of calm that I have never experienced, but hope to again. The fruit was picked clean and perfectly ripe. The only downside was the very small crop, our smallest in ten years.

The 2008 Villages Cuvée is a blend of new and old Pinot noir blocks at Vitae Springs Vineyard. The older blocks are planted with Pommard and the 115 Dijon clone in the Inwood block at Vitae Springs. The younger vines are clone 777 and 115 in the Hare and Caleb blocks.

2007 Vintage Tasting Notes

Think of a bowlful of fresh picked wild berries. Now put a dollop of fresh cream on top and you have an idea of the yumminess of St. Innocent's Villages Cuvee 07. A light essence of smoke and rosemary rounds out the finish of succulent fruit. While labeled as a cuvee, the 07 is made exclusively from Vitae Springs vineyard grapes. As always, among the finest values in Oregon Pinot.

Pinotfile gave the St. Innocent Villages Cuvee their "highest commendation" and top honors in their recent newsletter. In the article, Rusty Gaffney reviewed 42 Oregon Pinots priced at $25 or less.

Pinotfile says: "Winemaker Mark Vlossak is at the top of his game. The wine's aromatics build in the glass and really erupt over time, always a sign of a superior wine".

"The nose offers scents of fresh cherries and raspberries kissed by oak and spice. Cherry driven flavors with a floral and citric accent are offered in an elegant style that is light and harmonious".

"The winemaking pedigree shows through in this very good wine that will hold on and drink well for another 4 or 5 years. At $252 a case, this is a perfect choice for recession slumdogs".

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