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Date Printed: 8/22/2014
St. Innocent Freedom Hill Pinot Noir 2001
St. Innocent Freedom Hill Pinot Noir 2001
(search item no. 62523)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

2001 Freedom Hill Pinot noir has both great clarity of fruit and great concentration. The nose reveals an enchanting mixture of black cherries, a clay-like minerality, and both floral and spice nuances. Dark fruit and dried flowers dominate the mouth with its earthiness adding texture to the viscosity that fills your mouth. Expect steady evolution of the fruit and softening of the tannins with up to 12 years of bottle age. Perfect for that Porterhouse or T-bone. Open at least one hour before drinking.
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About St. Innocent Winery:

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 mid-Willamette valley.

St. Innocent produces small lot, handmade wines: seven single vineyard Pinot noirs and a blended Pinot noir called the Villages Cuvée, two Chardonnay from Dijon clone plantings, two Pinot gris, and a Pinot blanc.

The philosophy behind the winemaking at St Innocent is that the function of wine is to complement and extend the pleasure of a meal. The characteristics of a wine should enhance different food and flavor combinations - this interaction amplifies the pleasure of a meal. To this end, St. Innocent wines tend toward higher acid levels, and more diverse and balanced flavors.