- St Innocent Pinot Noir Momtazi Vyd 2012 Product #28928 (In Stock)
One more beautiful 2012 Pinot from St. Innocent, this time from the cool Momtazi Vineyard near the coast. A tiny bit tight, but so lovely.
"Ripe red berries, sassafras and orange pith on the pungent nose, with a peppery quality adding lift. Spicy and precise on the palate, offering slow-to-open bitter cherry and raspberry flavors and a hint of rhubarb. Becomes sweeter with air and finishes with serious thrust, dusty tannins and an exotic floral pastille note that lingers with excellent tenacity. By all means let this one sit in a decanter, or a cool, dark spot, so that it can stretch out."International Wine Cellar 92 points
- St Innocent Pinot Noir Justice Vyd 2012 Product #28749 (In Stock)
Justice Vineyard rides an east-facing ridge that runs right through the middle of the Eola-Amity Hills. Broken volcanic basalt layered over old sedimentary sub-soils creates great drainage, the southeast exposure means plenty of warm sunshine, and the cool winds blowing in from the Van Duzer corridor create perfect conditions for ripe, balanced, Pinot Noir. A warm fermentation in a small oak vat followed by aging for 16 months in barrique (one-third new), brings out the rich spice and floral aspects of the site to complement the luscious fruit. Delicious already, but Mark thinks it will peak in 2019 or so. Just 291 cases made.
"Heady spice- and smoke-tinged aromas of blackberry, cherry-cola and potpourri, with a hint of licorice in the background. Fleshy and expansive on the palate, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors that tighten up and gain energy with air. Rich but lithe and precise, showing outstanding finishing clarity and drive; supple tannins add shape. This very young, very promising pinot deserves cellaring."International Wine Cellar 93 points