Wine Advocate 90 points - From two of the earliest replanted parcels in this vineyard and Dijon clones 667 and 777, the St. Innocent 2010 Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard offers juicy sour cherry laced with sage and brown spices, possessing fine-grained tannins, subtle suggestions of satin, and a sappy, vibrant persistence underlain by mouthwatering, saline, meat stock savor; in short, supplying dimensions missing from a couple of other Pinots in the present collection. This ought to be well worth following for at least a decade. ” (Aug 2012)
Wine Spectator 93 points - Juicy, firm, focused and delicious, featuring currant, blackberry, violet and mustard green aromas and flavors dancing exuberantly on the open-textured, light-weight finish. This is a great example of finesse. Drink now through 2020.—H.S. (Nov 28 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.