Red and dark berry aromas are followed by notes of cola, anise and peppery spices. Black raspberry and tart cherry flavors precede dusty tannins on the bright and long finish.
Wine Advocate 88 points - From a site planed entirely to Dijon Clone 777 and in which sedimentary soil is overlain with weathered volcanic soil, the St. Innocent 2011 Pinot Noir Justice Vineyard delivers sweaty and musky aromas along with distilled and fresh intimations of the tart-edged red raspberry that goes on to dominate on a firm palate. A hint of gum-numbing tannin introduced at least partly by barrel (ca. 25% new) canít keep down the tightly-wound energy and brightness of fruit here, though the overall impression is strident. A promisingly savory suggestion of red meat juices emerges on the finish as this takes on air. Iíd want to revisit this within a couple of years before attempting to assess its further bottle potential. (Oct 2013)
St. Innocent Winery was founded in 1988 by owner and winemaker Mark Vlossak. Mark’s interest and education in wine began early his father was a wine importer and Mark produced sparkling wine in 1985-87. He then apprenticed with Fred Arterberry, Jr. at Arterberry, Ltd from 1987-1988. In 1994, he was appointed winemaker at Panther Creek Cellars where he worked for five years before founding St. Innocent. St. Innocent produces small-lot, handmade wines in the Old World tradition in other words, wines intended to go with food. The estate vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills is planted to 16 acres planted to Pinot Nor. The winery also works closely with eight different growers, leasing specific blocks of vineyards to produce terroir-specific wines. A new winery at the Zenith Vineyard was completed in time for the 2007 harvest. This 17,500 sq. ft., four story, gravity facility features underground barrel rooms, a temperature controlled crush floor and a 900 sq. ft. tasting room.
|Located in the Eola-Amity Hills, Justice Vineyard is situated at 450 feet and benefits from the cool coastal winds blowing through the Van Duzer corridor. Pinot Noir clone 777 planted in 2001 to volcanic soil was fermented in small fermentors after two days of cold maceration. The wine then aged for 16 months in French oak (33% new) and was bottled by gravity without fining.