2006 St. Innocent "Anden Vineyard" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1041489 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2006 Pinot Noir Anden Vineyard is a powerful wine with layered flavors, an impressive structure, gobs of blue and black fruits, and a very long, fruit-filled close. Give it 2-3 years and drink it from 2010 to 2018.  (10/2008)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep red. Seductively perfumed aromas of black raspberry, cherry compote, incense and smoky minerals. Fleshy red and dark berry flavors display liqueur-like depth and are braced by a slow-building mineral quality. Gains power and sweetness on the finish, which is sappy, seductively spicy and very long. This is delicious now but deserves at least another five years of patience.  (6/2009)

K&L Notes

Going out on your own can be scary, but ultimately it can be the most rewarding thing, too. The Anden Vineyard, overlooking the Willamette Valley from the hills west of Salem, Oregon, used to be part of Seven Springs Vineyard. It was divided off in 2001. The results are stellar, particularly in 2006. Lush red and black fruit aromas and flavors are spiked with pepper and spice. The palate is broad and the tannins substantial, but they stand up to the powerful fruit. This is a big style of Pinot Noir that will cellar well for a decade or more.

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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.