This Pinot Noir is endowed with the most beautiful hue of ruby red. That is, of course, a bonus because the real pleasure is in the taste. Seven Springs is the most layered, complex, and nuanced of the St. Innocent Pinot noirs. It is also the wine that will develop the most after long term aging - greater that ten years.
Its nose is dominated by wild, almost brambly fruits, and has significant hints of pumpkin pie spice, white pepper, and wild mushrooms. Initially the layered dark fruit flavors dominate, then spices and complex focused flavors follow into its long finish. This is wine for game and wild mushrooms - those wild and earthy flavors in the food bring out all the layers in this wine.
I suggest that you either drink Seven Springs when it is young (up to four years from vintage) or wait until it is at least eight years old. My rational is to either enjoy the freshness of the fruit or wait long enough for the aged flavors to develop. It will be worth the wait.This is the benchmark wine for St. Innocent. Multiple layers of wild black and red fruit, complex pie spice, white and black pepper and, with some age, truffles and farm aromas. Always at its best after 10-12 years. As with the other wines of 2000, the terroir is very transparent.
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-The Wine Advocate