St. Innocent Temperance Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon

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Item No. 132072
  • red wine
  • ST91
  • WS90
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: 12.5%

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:

Winemaker's Notes

The 2011 Pinot noir Temperance Hill has dark cherry and berry fruit and floral aromas with hints of smoky spices. dark red fruit on the entry. The spicy notes are balanced with bright acidity and rich, broad mid-palate tannins. Darker red fruits and dark flowers take over into the finish. Temperance Hill has a sense of "purity" and precision that is the hallmark of this cool site in the Eola-Amity Hills. This purity makes it a great match with simple culinary preparations and grilled foods.

Critical Acclaim

"Light, bright violet. Pungent aromas of cherry pit, dark berries and fresh flowers, with a vanilla nuance in the background. Lively and sharply focused on the palate, offering gently sweet, nicely concentrated black raspberry, cherry and anise flavors and a hint of candied rose. Closes with very good energy and lift, with silky tannins adding shape. This suave, fruit-driven pinot drinks very nicely after an hour or so of air."
91 Points

"Fresh, vibrant and open-textured, with black cherry flavors that show hints of smoke and pepper, with a fleshy feel to the light finish."
90 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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