2012 St. Innocent "Temperance Hill" Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

SKU #1165992 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid ruby-red. Perfumed, complex scents of black raspberry, mulberry, cola and candied flowers, with a smoky Indian spice nuance adding complexity. Fleshy dark berry and rose pastille flavors are lifted and framed by juicy acidity. Tightens up with air and finishes on a lively bitter cherry note, with lingering spiciness and smooth, harmonious tannins.  (7/2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Pinot Noir Temperance Hill Vineyard comes from organic vines planted at 860 feet, one of the highest in the Willamette Valley. It has a complex bouquet the is well defined: black fruit, woodland, a touch of tobacco and autumn leaves. The palate is medium-bodied with well-judged acidity, a mixture of red and black fruit with a slight ferrous note coming through toward the finish. Fine. (NM)  (3/2015)

K&L Notes

A single vineyard release that is usually highly rated, from a vintage that's shaping up to be one of Oregon's best, a Pinot for the barbecue! The winery's release note: "The 2012 Temperance Hill has brilliant ripe cherry and berry fruit, along with floral and sweet, smoky spice aromas. Round red and dark red fruit flavors carry a juicy richness over your mouth and palate. As the wine permeates your senses, the sweet ground spice nuances layer with the site's signature smoky overtones to create lovely, clear layers of flavors. The dark red fruits carry into its dense, sweet finish with round and balanced tannins and sensuously soft finish. Temperance Hill has a sense of 'purity' and precision that is the hallmark of this cool site in the Eola-Amity Hills. This purity makes it a great match with simple culinary preparations and grilled foods."

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5