Wine Advocate 91 points - From a breezy site that, unusually, features both marine sedimentary and rock-laced basalt-based soils, the St. Innocent 2010 Pinot Noir Justice Vineyard weighs in at a mere 12.7% alcohol. Fresh cherry complemented by almond paste and vanilla informs a silken yet persistently vivacious palate, leading to a long, vibrant finish in which toasty nut oils, black tea, and savory, saline, marrow-rich beef stock offer striking counterpoint to the bright, spicy cast that otherwise informs this bottling. I suspect this will be well worth following for ten or a dozen years. At only 271 cases, incidentally, this fell even further short of normal production in 2010 than the other vineyards from which St. Innocent sources. (Aug 2012)
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.