Overview of the Wine
Momtazi Vineyard is located in the McMinnville AVA, 7 miles west of McMinnville, Oregon. Planted in 1999 and 2004 on thin, poor soils, the vines have a south and SW exposure at an elevation of 680-760'. The vineyard is certified biodynamic by Demeter. In 2006 I approached Moe Momtazi and asked if St. Innocent could contract for Pinot noir fruit from his bio-dynamically farmed vineyard. From my first trip to France in 1998, I observed that the greatest domaines in both Burgundy and Alsace had one thing in common: they farmed bio-dynamically.
"St. Innocent began as an idea conceived in a moment of passion and inspiration in 1983. Mark Vlossak spent the next five years studying, taking classes, and apprenticing with Oregon wine pioneer, Fred Arterberry. In 1988, St. Innocent Winery was founded. Our goal is to produce wines that respect the quality and tradition of the Old World in one of the newest and most exciting wine growing regions on the planet: Oregon's Willamette Valley. "
"Mark Vlossak is the Founder, President, and Winemaker of St. Innocent Winery in Jefferson, Oregon. During his university training, he developed a love for Champagne. After reading an article in 1983 on American sparkling wine in Bon Appetit magazine, he was inspired to become a winemaker. Andre Tshelishev was quoted: "the greatest sparkling wine in America will be made in Oregon, not California, because it is the right place to grow Pinot noir and Chardonnay, the grapes of Champagne." During his training, he apprenticed with Fred Arterberry, Jr., the first Oregonian to make sparkling wine. Fred also produced the first vineyard-designated Pinot noirs in Oregon, something Mark would soon become famous for producing.
Mark has always made our wines, oversees the vineyards, and represents St. Innocent in the national marketplace. We have grown from 600 cases in the first year to our current production of roughly 7,000 cases, yet each wine is still handcrafted."
Grape / Blend
McMinnville, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Smelling the 2016 Momtazi, it is immediately obvious that this wine comes from a unique place. The extremes from exposure, day/night temperatures and thin steep soils are apparent from the first impression. Fresh peat, ground coffee, blueberry, blackberry and smoky spice aromas typify the normal spectrum for Momtazi. This wine always has substantial density and the 2016 vintage amps up the juicy, sweetness of its flavors. While always dense, this wine has a suppleness that is immediately appealing. A great match for rustic meals including mushrooms, roasted vegetables, wild game and braised meats.
91 Points - James Suckling
A succulent style with bright, red-cherry fragrance and hints of dry stones, leading to a palate that has a sleek, focused shape that carries a long, central run of fresh, fine tannin. Drink or hold.
90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Pinot Noir Momtazi Vineyard opens with tar, damp soil and decaying leaves scents, with a core of blackberries and black cherries. In the mouth, it's medium-bodied, concentrated and earthy with a grainy frame and long, fresh finish. This will benefit from a decant.
Product size: 750ml