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Date Printed: 12/22/2014
St. Innocent Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006
St. Innocent Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006
(search item no. 95524)
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $40.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Tasting Panel rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 Burghound.com rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The 2006 Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard is a candidate for Shea of the vintage as well as my choice in this portfolio. It is the richest, most concentrated, and complex as well as the best balanced, nicely concealing enough structure to evolve for 4-5 years, about as much as one can expect from this vintage. It should be at its best from 2012 to 2021."
-Wine Advocate

This Shea is a dark ruby color. Its nose is layered with dark spices, wildflowers and black fruit aromas with hints of tar and wet earth. You are immediately struck with the intensity of dark sweet fruit and very intense raspberry extract flavors. Texturally this wine is extremely dense, in keeping with the essential nature of '06 Oregon Pinot noirs with loads of sweet, ripe tannins.

This is a powerhouse wine dressed in Escada. A soft and fresh acidity carries the bright fruit layers into the finish. It should develop for more than a decade.

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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.