St Innocent Wine Willamette Valley
Mark Vlossak established his small operation in 1988 with a number of other investors producing just a few hundred cases in his first vintage. Today the output remains relatively small and he makes some of the most striking wines in the AVA, with two-thirds accounted for by Pinot Noir. A big and structured Pinot Gris is more marked by minerality than by primary fruit. It offers tremendous intensity and carry on the palate. Pinot Blanc is no less impressive with rich nutty fruit and a silky texture. Chardonnay also comes from the Freedom Hill Vineyard and is quite Burgundian in style with some subtle citrus notes and a rich, creamy lees infused character. Pinot Noir is produced in a number of single-vineyard guises. As well as the bottlings covered here wines are released from the Vitae Springs, Zenith, Justice and Momtazi vineyards. A rich and concentrated dark fruited example is produced from the Shea Vineyard with hints of plum and black cherry and a touch of oak and truffle on the finish. The single vineyard Pinot Noirs will develop well in the medium term in bottle. (DM)
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