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Innocent Villages Cuvee
Pinot noir 05
(Robert Parker) says:
heartening to see that Mark Vlossak, St.-Innocent’s
winemaker and co-owner, has maintained
reasonable prices even after
having received considerable praise for his
wines over the years."
Oregon Pinot noir collectors know St Innocent's
wines are excellent values, none more so than
the Villages Cuvee, produced annually in small
amounts and mostly marketed in Oregon.
This year's Villages
Cuvee is made from fruit sourced at:
-Shea Vineyard's terraced section, consisting
of younger vines on a steep south facing slope.
The Shea fruit forms the heart of the wine, and
provides weight, and a wild and lush character
to the wine.
- Temperance Hill Vineyard's east facing section,
6-8 year old vines provide fruit that adds qualities
of earth and forest.
- Vitae Springs Vineyard's fruit
comes from a cooler site thatn the two above,
and provides nice high tones, aromatics, fresh
cherry and fresh garden herb scents and flavors.
Innocent Villages Cuvee Pinot noir 05
Nose: Lots and
lots of red fruit scents like red raspberry,
tart red cherry, red currant, and red plum.
HInts of soft toast, blackberry, vanilla,
juicy red cherry is the initial impression,
refreshing and balanced. As the wine opens
in the mouth, the midpalate finds intense,
bold, darker fruit and barrel toast notes-
these darker tones add weight and depth to
the otherwise juicy, fruity wine.
tannins are silky, present in perfect balance,
seamless and lushly textured. One is left
with a sense of balanced, juicy, refreshing
wine opens and breathes with time (decanting
is a great idea for this wine), more impressions
of different fruits and other flavors appear,
ranging from tart pie cherry through blackberry,
black currant, and hints of smoky, toasty
As Amy, Avalon's newest team member says, "Acidity
is the friend of food", and she immediately
suggested salmon as an ideal food to pair with
this wine. The acidity of this juicy wine cuts
through the luscious fat flavors of the fish.
She suggests grilling or pan searing the salmon. An
alternative to salmon could be grilled pork,
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Corvallis OR 97333
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