Red and black
cherry aromas with notes of pepper and a strong undercurrent of minerality. Finishes with a backbone of ripe tannins and
Wine Advocate 92 points - A St. Innocent 2009 Pinot Noir Freedom Hill displays candied and maraschino cherry with a sizzle of cinnamon, but also – somehow without any sense of misfit – tart-edged blackberry, charred red meats, and savory pan scrapings from same, leading to a vibrant finish of uncontrolled salivation, intense spice, and sappy-sweet persistence. I’d plan to follow this for at least a decade. ” (Aug 2012)
St. Innocent Winery was founded in 1988 by Mark Vlossak, the current winemaker and president. Mark's training as a
winemaker began when he was a young man and tasted wines daily with his father, a wine importer. As an amateur, he
produced sparkling wine in 1985-87 and apprenticed with Fred Arterberry, Jr. at Arterberry, Ltd. in 1987 and 1988. He was
the winemaker for Panther Creek Cellars from 1994-1999. St. Innocent produces small lot, handmade wines that are
designed to complement various fine cuisines. 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., 4 level, gravity facility features underground
barrel rooms, a temperature controlled crush floor, and a 900 sq. ft. tasting room.
|Freedom Hill Vineyard is located in the foothills of the coast range, southwest of Salem, Oregon. The vineyard was planted in
2004 with Pommard and Wadenswil clones on well-drained, silty clay loam at an elevation of 450-500 feet. Fermented in
small stainless steel tanks and aged 16 months in French oak (32% new). Bottled without fining or filtration.