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St Innocent Releases Seven Springs and Anden 2004 Pinot Noirs
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-St Innocent Winery's Long Anticipated Reserve Wine Releases
2004 Anden Vineyard , Seven Springs Vineyard Pinot noirs

St Innocent's best, their final 2004 releases.
Made from the best three barrels of each vineyard, the Anden and Seven Springs Pinots
are "quite literally, the best wines we can produce" -- St Innocent winemaker Mark Vlossak.

2004 was kind to St. Innocent Winery.  First it was the 2004 Willamette Valley, where we thought “dang, that’s good” (and it was less than $20).  Then Temperance Hill, Shea, and White Rose Pinot noirs followed and we said “OK, OK, these are awesome.”  Just when you think you’ve seen it all…the 2004 St. Innocent Seven Springs and Anden Vineyard Pinot noirs come along.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
on the 2003 Seven Springs Pinot noir:

91 pts-- " I adored the complex violet,
red cherry, blackberry, bilberry, spice, and rose-laced aromatics of the 2003 Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyard. This structured, medium-bodied wine demands cellaring. Noticeably concentrated and deep, its red and black cherry-dominated personality is ensconced in ripe tannin and will require patience before it fully blossoms.

Robert Parker continues:
" It is 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."

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
on the 2003 Anden Pinot noir :
93 pts-- "...explodes from the glass with mouth-watering aromas of bilberries, black cherries, soy sauce, and flowers. Hugely concentrated, this big, muscular wine coats the taster’s palate with dark cherries as well as hints of licorice.

 

 

St. Innocent Seven Springs Pinot noir 2004
$32.36/$35.95

Tasting notes from Marcus: I’m not ashamed to say it—I kind of flipped out when my nose met the aromas coming from the ’04 Seven Springs.  Loads of darker red fruit, with a hint of creamy wild strawberry, violets, and toasty oak.  Wines from Seven Springs often show an incredible depth of fruit and in the ‘04 St. Innocent, it’s layer upon layer of juicy red fruit.  Superb weight, body, and ultrafine tannins add to the silkiness while faint white pepper notes accent the “wait, it’s been two minutes” finish.  Just delicious.

According to winemaker Mark Vlossak, the 2004 Seven Springs was fermented in a French oak, Burgundy-style Vicard fermenter. Fermenting in oak, a lot harder to do than in the usual stainless steel, adds depth and texture to Pinot noir (when it is done right). This Seven Springs Vineyard Pinot is made from a special selection of only the three best barrels (60 some cases total).

St. Innocent Anden Pinot noir 2004
$32.36/$35.95


Although Seven Springs and Anden Vineyards are contiguous, the wines produced from them can be quite different. The older-vined ’04 Anden is a more youthful wine and is built for the long haul.  Scents of raspberries and fresh blackberries are wrapped with spicy dried thyme, sweet incense, and toasty vanilla bean.  The fruit becomes sweeter and juicer in your mouth, while the hallmark vibrant acidity of the 2004 vintage sings. 


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Each new vintage of St. Innocent impresses us and we keep saying “OK, this time the prices will go up”.  But if they do, it’s a few cents!  Mark Vlossak is guilty of making some of Oregon’s great wines at incredibly fair values - and that makes him one of our favorite winemakers.

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