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Date Printed: 12/26/2014
St. Innocent Freedom Hill Pinot Noir 2010
St. Innocent Freedom Hill Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 120795)
boutique wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
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
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Freedom Hill produces Pinot Noir with lovely structure. Its nose is both intense and rich with dark berries, wild flowers, roasted sweet spices and has hints of soy, orange blossoms and pain epice. It is equally broad and deep on the palate with a mixture of dark berries, dark earth, roasted fig, and caramelized fruits. These flavors continue well into its lengthy finish with forest floor notes mixing with a complex of dark fruits.

This is a wine for richly flavored foods with complex, roasted flavors like ratatouille, lasagne, and for me, its signature dish, Porterhouse steak with fried potatoes. It can be enjoyed after decanting 2-3 hours or aged for 12 years.

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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.