St. Innocent Temperance Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon

Item No. 113041
  • red wine
  • W&S92
  • BH92
  • WS91
Style: Earthy & Spicy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2011
  • ST91
  • WS90

Winemaker's Notes

The 2009 Pinot noir Temperance Hill has bright red fruit and floral aromas with hints of summer herbs, dried citrus peel and smoky spices. Full of vibrant red fruit on the entry, there are loads of spicy notes with bright, juicy acidity. Darker red fruits dominate the finish with rich mulled spices and hints of dark flowers. The flavors and textures combine to create a sense of purity that is the hallmark of this cool site in the Eola-Amity Hills. This purity that makes it a great match with grilled foods.

It matches perfectly with grilled salmon, meats, vegies and potato salad. Ready to drink, the 2009 Pinot Noir Temperance Hill will evolve over 8-10 years.

Critical Acclaim

"High-toned rosy scents belie this wine's depth of flavor. The flavors are dark with black cherry accents, their density suggesting an age-worthy wine. It has the stuffing for something substantial, like roast duck."
92 Points

"There is just enough reduction present to take the edge off the otherwise pretty, pure and elegant nose of plum, red berries and cassis aromas. The restrained and equally refined medium-bodied flavors possess beautifully rendered tannins that contribute to the sophisticated mouth feel of the seductive, long and strikingly complex finish. This is well worth your attention."
92 Points

"This earthy wine shows a silky feel to its flavors of berry, orange peel and tea, which come together with mineral notes to make the finish lively and expressive. Needs time to settle into itself. Best from 2013 through 2019. 920 cases made."
91 Points

Learn About St. Innocent Map ItMap It

St. Innocent Winery was founded in May 1988 by Mark Vlossak, the current winemaker and president, and eight investors. Ten tons of grapes were crushed the first fall, producing 396 cases of still and 176 cases of sparkling wine. Production increased to our full capacity of 6800 cases in 2004. The winery is located in Salem, Oregon, at the southeast corner of the Eola Hills, in the...

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Learn About Willamette Valley

(will-AAM-it) Named for the river that runs through the valley from Portland to Eugene, Willamette Valley is home to some of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the Northwest. While along the same north/south line as Seattle, the Willamette Valley is protected from Pacific rains by the Coast Range on the western border and the Cascade Ranges to the east. Though sunshine is...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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