Overview of the Wine
"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
Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Roasted cranberries and dried red cherries plus warm blackberry notes. It's medium-bodied and earthy in the mouth. It has a chewy frame and good freshness.
95 Points - James Suckling
There’s some transient reduction here, so give this a good airing and some time in the glass before you drink it. The red-cherry aromas are framed in fresh spices and sappy complexity. There’s a structured, succulent and long palate that has some real potential.
95+ Points - Highly Recommended — Ian Blackburn
Decanting in the glass from 30 minutes, I love it when a wine goes from quiet and subdue to explosive in the glass... The fruit emerges and is a thriller. Great chemistry and complexity, this is why so many people are excited about Oregon!
Product size: 750ml