2006 St. Innocent "Momtazi Vineyard" McMinnville Pinot Noir

SKU #1041491 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2006 Pinot Noir Momtazi Vineyard is sourced from a biodynamically farmed site in McMinnville. It possesses the darkest fruit among all of the St. Innocent Pinots. Blue and black fruits dominate the nose and flavors and the wine has impressive structure, concentration, and grip for the vintage. Give it 3-4 years of additional bottle age and drink it from 2011 to 2019.  (10/2008)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated red. Powerfully scented bouquet of black raspberry, baking spices, musky herbs and exotic blood orange. Deeper cherry-vanilla and blackberry flavors coat the palate, picking up floral pastille and smoky mineral qualities on the back end. Alluringly juicy pinot with excellent finishing thrust and clarity. Sexy enough to enjoy now but has the depth to reward patience.  (6/2009)

K&L Notes

The Momtazi Vineyard is a biodynamically farmed site located about seven miles west of the town of McMinnville in Oregon, in the McMinnville AVA. While McMinnville made its reputation on beer, it's Pinot Noirs like this that will keep it in the public's eye. Layered and intriguing from start to finish, the 2006 Momtazi beckons with aromas of toasted spiced, roasted black fruits and hints of chocolate. The dark fruit carries over to the palate, which slowly opens up to reveal more spice, espresso and dried herb notes. The tannins are fine and long and the wine much more dense than other St. Innocent bottlings due to this unique site. Decant for a few hours before drinking now and enjoy with hearty fare or cellar for up to a decade.

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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.


- 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.