Nose of bright red and dark fruit enhanced by layers of florals and sweet ground spices. Rich in the mouth with sweet cherry and red berry flavors leading to spice, pepper and floral notes.
St. Innocent Winery was founded in 1988 by Mark Vlossak, the current winemaker and president. Mark’s interest and education in wine began early – his father was a wine importer and he was fortunate to taste wine on a daily basis. As an amateur, he produced sparkling wine in 1985-87 and apprenticed with Fred Arterberry, Jr. at Arterberry, Ltd from 1987-1988 and was the winemaker for Panther Creek Cellars from 1994-1999. St. Innocent produces small-lot, handmade wines that are meant for food. St. Innocent has an interest in the Zenith Vineyard (formerly O’Connor Vineyard) in the Eola-Amity Hills where they now have 16 acres of Pinot Noir planted. The winery also works closely with 8 different growers, leasing specific blocks of vineyards to produce terroir-specific wines. A new winery at the Zenith Vineyard was completed in time to receive the 2007 vintage harvest. This 17,500 sq. ft., four story, gravity facility features underground barrel rooms, a temperature controlled crush floor, and a 900 sq. ft. tasting room.
|Fruit from four vineyards in the Willamette Valley – Vitae Springs (39%), Zenith (35%), Freedom Hill (18%) and Momtazi Vineyards (8%) – was cold macerated for two days and fermented in stainless steel. Aged for 12 months in new French oak (16%) and bottled by gravity without fining or filtration.