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St. Innocent Temperance Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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13.5% ABV
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13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The 2009 Pinot noir Temperance Hill has bright red fruit and floral aromas with hints of summer herbs, dried citrus peel and smoky spices. Full of vibrant red fruit on the entry, there are loads of spicy notes with bright, juicy acidity. Darker red fruits dominate the finish with rich mulled spices and hints of dark flowers. The flavors and textures combine to create a sense of purity that is the hallmark of this cool site in the Eola-Amity Hills. This purity that makes it a great match with grilled foods.

It matches perfectly with grilled salmon, meats, vegies and potato salad. Ready to drink, the 2009 Pinot Noir Temperance Hill will evolve over 8-10 years.

Critical Acclaim

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W&S 92
Wine & Spirits
High-toned rosy scents belie this wine's depth of flavor. The flavors are dark with black cherry accents, their density suggesting an age-worthy wine. It has the stuffing for something substantial, like roast duck.
BH 92
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There is just enough reduction present to take the edge off the otherwise pretty, pure and elegant nose of plum, red berries and cassis aromas. The restrained and equally refined medium-bodied flavors possess beautifully rendered tannins that contribute to the sophisticated mouth feel of the seductive, long and strikingly complex finish. This is well worth your attention.
WS 91
Wine Spectator
This earthy wine shows a silky feel to its flavors of berry, orange peel and tea, which come together with mineral notes to make the finish lively and expressive. Needs time to settle into itself. Best from 2013 through 2019. 920 cases made.
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St. Innocent Winery

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St. Innocent Winery, Willamette Valley, 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.

Willamette Valley

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One of Pinot Noir’s most successful New World outposts, the Willamette Valley is the largest and most important AVA in Oregon. With a Mediterranean climate moderated by a Pacific Ocean influence, it is perfect for cool-climate viticulture—warm and dry summers allow for steady, even ripening, and frost is rarely a risk during spring and winter.

Mountain ranges bordering three sides of the valley, particularly the Chehalem Mountains, provide the option for higher-elevation, cooler vineyard sites. The three prominent soil types here create significant differences in wine styles between vineyards and sub-AVAs. The iron-rich, basalt-based Jory volcanic soils found commonly in the Dundee Hills are rich in clay and hold water well; the chalky, sedimentary soils of Ribbon Ridge, Yamhill-Carlton and McMinnville encourage complex root systems as vines struggle to search for water and minerals. Silty, loess soils are found in the Chehalem Mountains.

Pinot Noir

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One of the most difficult yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is commonly referred to by winemakers as the “heartbreak grape.” However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. More reflective than most varieties of the land on which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality, and demands care in the vineyard and lots of attention in the winery. It is an important component of Champagne and the only variety permitted in red Burgundy. Pinot Noir enjoys immense popularity internationally, most notably in Oregon, California, and New Zealand.

In the Glass

Pinot Noir Is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry, and cherry. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and lively acidity. It ranges in body from very light to the heavier side of medium, typically landing somewhere in the middle—giving it extensive possibilities for food pairing. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount), it can develop hauntingly beautiful characteristics of fresh earth, autumn leaves, and truffles.

Perfect Pairings

Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon, ocean trout, and tuna. Its mild mannered tannins don’t fight with spicy food, and give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry—chicken, quail, and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, it can even match with heavier fare. Pinot Noir is also very vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

Sommelier Secret

Pinot Noir is dangerously drinkable, highly addictive, and has a bad habit of emptying the wallet. Look for affordable but still delicious examples from Germany (as Spätburgunder), Italy (as Pinot Nero), Chile, New Zealand, and France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions.

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