No $50+ Pinots Here
Parker Favorite St Innocent Keeps Prices Reasonable
Blockbuster 2006 Pinots and New Under $25 Pinot
After 20 years making Pinot noir from celebrated vineyards, and dozens of 90+ ratings, their top price for a bottle is under $50.
St. Innocent is one of the few West Coast wineries who can make this claim.
In 2002, Robert Parker named Mark Vlossak (pictured at right) a "Wine Advocate Hero" and said his Pinots: "were the finest Pinots I tasted ... yet were some of the cheapest wines in my report. Vlossak's dedication to quality and his commitment to delivering value to his customers is exemplary." Thankfully, it's still true today.
Villages Cuvee Pinot noir 07
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.
St. Innocent Villages Cuvee Pinot noir 07 CASE
15% off --
$254.49 a case
Save $44.91 from $299.40 retail ($21.21 a bottle)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Jay Miller) says
"his 2006 Pinot Noirs are very successful and
his 2007's in barrel might be even better.
Parker 92+ St. Innocent's 2006 Pinot noirs
Momtazi Vineyard Pinot noir 06
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 93 Points
Pouring the St. Innocent Momtazi Vineyard Pinot noir 06, an appealing aroma of blackberries and cherries arises from the glass. Scents of violets, toast, and fruit cobbler spice add charm. Tasting the wine, sweet fresh blackberry and black currant fruits are joined by hints of licorice and tar. Rounded and silky, structured tannins and a refreshing finish complete the wine.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Jay Miller) says: "The 2006 Pinot Noir Momtazi Vineyard is sourced from a biodynamically farmed site in McMinnville. It possesses the darkest fruit among all of the St. Innocent Pinots. Blue and black fruits dominate the nose and flavors and the wine has impressive structure, concentration, and grip for the vintage. Give it 3-4 years of additional bottle age and drink it from 2011 to 2019. 93 points."
Anden Vineyard Pinot noir 06
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 92+ Points
St. Innocent's Anden Vineyard Pinot noir 06 erupts from the glass with aromas of ripe, black-fruit jam, cream, and pie spice. Sweet, round blackberry, black currant and black cherry flavors are complemented by spicy oak and white pepper. A rich, creamy toast and lingering sweetness continue through the finish, with fine tannins providing structure.
This is the last vintage of Anden Vineyard Pinot noir from St. Innocent.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Jay Miller) says: "The 2006 Pinot Noir Anden Vineyard is a powerful wine with layered flavors, an impressive structure, gobs of blue and black fruits, and a very long, fruit-filled close. Give it 2-3 years and drink it from 2010 to 2018. 92+ points."
Justice Vineyard Pinot noir 06
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 92 Points
The St. Innocent Justice Vineyard Pinot noir 06 has ripe, fleshy wild strawberries flavors that burst on the palate, picking up a wave of fat black cherries. Flecks of crushed rose petal and truffled, creamy earth add a nice wild streak. The mouthcoating texture and rich, expressive fruit meld with the delicate nuances, making the 06 Justice the Sophia Lauren of the bunch. It's straight up sexy.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Jay Miller) says: "The 2006 Pinot Noir Justice Vineyard has slightly darker fruit including black cherry and black raspberry. Sweet, complex, and savory, this nicely concentrated, well-balanced wine will provide pleasure over the next eight years.
$53-$55.00 - 92 points."
Seven Springs Vineyard Pinot noir 06
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 92 Points
The St. Innocent Seven Springs Vineyard Pinot noir 06 is all about the fruit. Delicate aromas of blackberry, black raspberry, and black currant rise from the glass. Pure, fresh black fruit flavors echo the scent and are joined by creamy toast and white pepper. Expanding in the mouth, seamless, silky tannins create balance and structure.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Jay Miller) says: "
The 2006 Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyard offers a complex bouquet of pain grille, spice box, damp earth, black cherry, and black raspberry. This is followed by a medium- to full-bodied wine with gobs of dark fruits, intense, savory flavors excellent depth and concentration, and a 45-second finish. Drink it from 2010 to 2018. - 92 Points."
Zenith Vineyard Pinot noir 06
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 90 Points
The St. Innocent Zenith Vineyard Pinot noir 06 says "hey, check me out!" The most open and forward of the 06 St. Innocent Pinots, it has huge, expressive aromas of savory sweet bacon and grilled plums. The wine opens up on the palate with ripe red cherry notes and exotic cardamom and clove on the finish. Layered hints of black currant explode throughout, then savory notes reappear. The Zenith Vineyard, formerly O'Connor, is St. Innocent's estate vineyard. A delicious new offering.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Jay Miller) says: "The 2006 Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard, only in its fourth leaf, is another friendly, easy-to-understand wine with enough structure to evolve for 1-2 years. Drink this lengthy effort from 2010 to 2016. 90 points."
St. Innocent's 2007 White Wines
Freedom Hill Vineyard Chardonnay 07
St Innocent Winery Freedom Hill Chardonnay has a distinct minerality characteristic of the vineyard site. Freedom Hill vineyard is in the southwest part of the mid-Willamette Valley. The soils are silty clay, and the flavor of the wine reflects the terroir.
The St Innocent Freedom Hill Chardonnay is often compared to a white Burgundy from Meursault - richly textured mouthfeel and distinct sense of stones. slate, and a crisp finish. The scent of the 2006 Freedom Hill Chardonnay contains distinct notes of slate, granite and marble, 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 Pinot gris Vitae Springs 07
Always one of Oregon's best gris, quite Alsacian in style, with pear, peach, and lychee fruit flavors, lemon flower in the nose, and a refreshing, food oriented clean slatey finish.
For more about Mark Vlosak and St. Innocent, read
"Hard-wired for Wine:
St. Innocent Winery's Mark Vlosak"
For more about the sale of Seven Springs Vineyard
and St. Innocent's new Zenith Vineyard, read:
Seven Springs/Anden Vineyards Sold to CA Winery
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