- St Innocent Pinot Noir Freeeom Hill Vyd 2012 Product #30478 (In Stock)
A great expression of this benchmark vineyard located near Dallas, Oregon – just outside the Eola-Amity AVA. Because it just misses the cool ocean breezes flowing in from the nearby Van Duzer Gap, Freedom Hill gives a riper, darker, wine than many of its neighbors to the east, but never loses touch with the elegance and purity that makes Willamette Valley Pinot so exciting. This bottling is rich, mouthfilling, and deeply satisfying with length and intensity to burn. Delicious now and just getting better over the next 10 years or so.
"28% new oak. Limpid ruby-red. Tightly focused cherry and black raspberry scents open up with air and are complicated by notes of cola, allspice and dried rose. Sappy, mineral-tinged bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors show very good focus and pick up a hint of smokiness with air. Fleshes out slowly on the persistent floral finish, which features youthfully chewy tannins. Based on this pinot's power and structure I'd bet on it rewarding at least a decade of patience." Vinous (Reynolds) 92 points
"The 2012 Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Vineyard was picked October 12 at 2.5 tons per acre and aged for 16 months in 28% new French oak. This has a slightly different clonal mix to previous vintages with a parcel of 777 clone joining the chorus line. It has a fragrant bouquet with black plum, star anis, a touch of smoke and charcoal underneath and lending more complexity. The palate is medium-bodied with a fairly powerful and assertive opening: firm tannins, quite spicy in the mouth with black pepper interlacing the structured, quite masculine finish that suggests it will benefit from another 12 months in bottle."Wine Advocate 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