St. Innocent Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
St. Innocent Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label

St. Innocent Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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750ML / 14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The Shea has aromas of deep red fruits with sweet floral highlights and hints of sweet caramel. Big ripe fruits dominate the entry onto the palate followed by sweet spices, summer flowers and hints of dried red flowers into the finish. This is a wine that begins with immense sweet fruit and then adds layers of dense complexity that carry into the finish with a solid backbone of tannins. Its concentration and solid structure will allow it to evolve slowly over many years.

All the wines produced from Shea are structured for long term aging. It evolves slowly over the 6-12 months after release and will peak in 12-18 years. This is a wine for those who seek Pinot noirs with multiple layers of flavor and aroma while revealing the details of this great terroir.

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TP 93
Tasting Panel
Beautifully aromatic with dense, lush notes of exotic wood, spice and meaty black cherry; rich and yet neatly balanced by a good acid structure; long and opulent.
BH 91
Burghound.com
A very deeply pitched nose of ripe dark berries, briar and earth aromas gives way to textured and quite delicious medium weight flavors that possess plenty of mouth coating dry extract but here the tannins are much more robust on the commendably long finish. This is not particularly elegant but it is well-balanced and harmonious and fashioned in a bigger, richer and more powerful style.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Smooth and velvety, this ripe red shows cherry and spice flavors, with a floral note adding interest to the lively finish. Drink now through 2016. 920 cases made.
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St. Innocent Winery, Oregon
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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 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.

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Yamhill-Carlton, characterized by pastoral, rolling hills composed of shallow, quick-draining, ancient marine soil, is ideal for Pinot noir and other cool-climate-loving varieties. It is in the rain shadow of the Coast Range to its west, whose highest point climbs to an altitude of 3,500 feet. Yamhill-Carlton is actually surrounded by mountains on three sides: Chehalem Mountains to the north, the Dundee Hills to the east and the western Coast Range to its west, which, when it lets Pacific air through, serves to cool the region.

Vineyards grow on the ridges surrounding the two small communities of Yamhill and Carlton and cover about 1,200 acres of this 60,000 acre region, which roughly makes a horse-shoe shape on a map.

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Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”

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