2010 St. Innocent "Zenith Vineyard" Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

SKU #1117608 93 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (2/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid red. Sexy, spice-accented aromas of red berries, cherry and rose. Sappy and penetrating, offering gently sweet raspberry and cherry flavors that are given lift and cut by juicy acidity. Closes sweet, spicy and long, with persistent spiciness and a suave touch of candied flowers.  (7/2012)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 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.  (8/2012)

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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/5/2013 | Send Email
The 2010 vintage in Oregon is very exciting to me, with lots of focused, detailed wines with great acidity. The St Innocent Zenith Vineyard is a great example of this, with wild, blackberry fruit framed with some fancy oak that comes together perfectly on the finish. This is great for drinking now with plank salmon, or for putting down in the cellar for a few years!
Drink from 2013 to 2020

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5