St. Innocent Vitae Springs Pinot Gris 2009

Pinot Gris/Grigio from Willamette Valley, Oregon

$21.99
Item No. 109407
  • white wine
  • boutique wine
  • RP90
Style: Fruity & Smooth

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

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%.
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Winemaker's Notes

My focus is to produce Pinot gris made in the style of Alsace. These wines are known for their textural complexity; the way the wine feels and moves inside your mouth. Pinot gris intrigues me because of its unique spiciness. By picking late and harvesting at full ripeness, Pinot gris's signature spice component of Pinot gris is fully revealed.

The 2009 Pinot gris, Vitae Springs Vineyard has concentrated spice notes and a sense of chili pepper-like heat along with Asian pear, kiwi, orange peel and sweet citrus blossom aromas. Apple, pear, white flowers and pie spice flavors evolve into minerality. Backed by fresh acidity, its fruit is balanced with spice and minerals. Completely dry, it is both textural and persistent in the mouth. Bottled in late June with a bit of CO2, its fruit will continue to evolve for many months. It is a great match for salmon, pork, fish, and Asian-influenced foods and dishes with spicy notes.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2009 Pinot Gris Vitae Springs Vineyard spent 8 months on its lees. It is medium straw-colored with a fragrant perfume of melon, baking spices, and tangerine zest. Creamy textured with lively lemon curd flavors, it displays outstanding grip, fruit intensity, and length. Drink this pleasure-bent effort over the next 2-3 years. All three of these white wines are excellent values."
90 Points

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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 Gris/Grigio

Pinot Gris/Grigio(PEE-noh gree/GREE-jee-oh) While Pinot Grigio is in fact the same grape as Pinot Gris (just the Italian take on it), the differences of wine they create can be immense. Pinot Gris' most popular and successful region is Alsace, France, an area of the country that actually puts the name of the grape on the label. Pinot Grigio is the Italian version of the grape,...

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