2011 St. Innocent "Villages Cuvée" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Wine & Spirits
Mark Vlossak combines fruit from Vitae Springs, Zenith, Temperance Hill and Momtazi for a steal of a pinot. It’s all red cherry fruit and mocha in aroma at first; with air, a pleasing, spiced tobacco note emerges. The flavors are delicious and forward, the texture supple and velvety, generous to a fault and brought home by modest tannins.
Tight, focused and juicy, with blackberry and currant fruit playing against mineral flavors and tangy acidity as the finish lingers enticingly. Drink now through 2017. 2,940 cases made.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Largely from Vitae Springs with small lots of Zenith, Freedom Hill and Momtazi, the St. Innocent 2011 Pinot Noir Villages Cuvee is what its author characterizes as "a Beaune-Villages style and fish wine. I used to have young vines to do something lighter with," he explains "but now I have to think-through stylistically what makes sense." Tart and crisp-edged fresh red currant, sour cherry and cranberry are tinged with saliva-liberating salinity on a fine-grained palate. Incisive sensations of berry seed-crunching and piquancy of fruit pit and nuts add invigoration to a refreshing and palate-cleansing finish. This excellent value is going to prove distinctively and deliciously versatile at table through at least 2016, and it will be fascinating to witness just what changes it undergoes. (And there are some 3,000 cases.)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Light, bright red. High-pitched redcurrant and strawberry aromas are complemented by deeper notes of sassafras and licorice. Taut and focused on entry, then fleshier and sweeter in the mid-palate, offering energetic red fruit flavors and hints of orange pith and white pepper. Closes with good lift and cut, leaving a spicy note behind.