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
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Dark ruby in color, the 2016 Pinot noir Zenith Vineyard has concentrated aromas of wild berries, black cherry and woodland spices with allspice and nutmeg. Loaded with fruit, the mouth reveals berry and cherry fruit, cinnamon, cloves and dark floral notes. The layered flavors persist long into the finish with well-integrated fresh acidity. It is quite a mouthful on its own and would be great with wild birds, leg of lamb or a juicy cheeseburger. Drink anytime, it will be lovely for at least 15 years.
93 Points - James Suckling
This has attractive aromas and flavors of fresh red cherries with very well defined style in every regard. The oak is subtly played and delivers a swirling, spicy thread. The tannins are smooth and fine and there’s a superb sense of freshness driving the finish.
92 Points - Wine Spectator
Polished and multilayered, with expressive raspberry, rose petal and spiced tea flavors that gather richness toward refined tannins.
Product size: 750ml