- St Innocent Pinot Noir Momtazi Vyd 2014 Product #31697 (In Stock)
We love how this cool site shines in warm vintages like 2014. Vivid and bright but with typical velvety texture.
"Deep-pitched red and dark berry aromas are complicated by suggestions of succulent herbs, cola and lavender, and a subtle vanilla nuance emerges slowly with air. Juicy, focused and pure, offering gently sweet black raspberry and cherry cola flavors, a touch of licorice and a jolt of peppery spices. The impressively long, penetrating finish is framed by supple tannins that fold smoothly into the clinging dark fruit." Vinous (Raynolds) 92 points
"Bright and tangy, with a meaty edge to the raspberry and boysenberry flavors, finishing with sharp focus. Drink now through 2024."Wine Spectator 91 points
- St Innocent Pinot Noir Shea Vyd 2013 Product #30479 (In Stock)
Generally recognized as Oregon’s “Grand Cru” vineyard, Yamhill’s Shea Vineyard always delivers a bit more power and intensity than the typical site. St. Innocent’s wine comes from a mixture of Pommard and Dijon clones growing on Willakenzie soils at about 400 feet elevation. The wine is more dense and black-fruited than most of Mark Vlassok’s other wines, and is matched only by Justice for firmness of structure. In 2013, this has lovely purity for the site and finishes long and firm. Limited.
"Bright ruby. Sexy, smoke-tinged aromas of red and dark berry preserves, candied flowers and mocha, with a hint of sandalwood in the background. Sappy, sweet and expansive on the palate, offering concentrated blackberry, cherry-cola and rose pastille flavors that tighten up on the back half. This suave, seamless wine finishes with excellent clarity and length, its silky tannins building slowly." Vinous (Reynolds) 92 points
"A much more expressive nose features both red and dark berry scents where added breadth is present in the form of spice, earth, briar and smoky hints. The mouth feel of the medium weight flavors is unusually sleek for the Shea vineyard with fine intensity though the classic muscularity is present on the dusty, robust and impressively lingering finish. This isn't an elegant wine but it does make a statement. Patience will definitely be required."Allen Meadows 91 points
- St Innocent Pinot Noir Shea Vyd 2014 Product #31727 (In Stock)
As always, plenty of Mark Vlossak's signature velvet texture here with fine delineation and freshness, too. A great Shea Pinot.
"Ripe, mineral-accented red berries, cherry and five-spice powder on the highly perfumed nose. Juicy and alluringly sweet, offering vibrant raspberry and cherry cola flavors complicated by suggestions of candied rose and vanilla. Silky tannins provide shape to a very long, spice-inflected finish, which leaves a note of red fruit preserves behind." Vinous (Raynolds) 93 points
"The 2014 Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard has an attractive bouquet with lively aromas of wild strawberry, blackberry, iris and a subtle menthol notes that skulk in through aeration in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, gentle at first, but quite intense towards the finish with touches of blood orange, spice and sous-bois infusing the red fruit. This is very fine."Wine Advocate 92 points
"Bright and snappy, with raspberry, cherry and smoky, minerally notes coming together with impressive focus, broadening out into a long and generous finish. Has presence and depth. Best from 2017 through 2024. 946 cases made."Wine Spectator 92 points