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.
St. Innocent Winery was founded in 1988 by Mark Vlossak, the current winemaker and president. Mark’s interest and education in wine began early – his father was a wine importer and he was fortunate to taste wine on a daily basis. As an amateur, he produced sparkling wine in 1985-87 and apprenticed with Fred Arterberry, Jr. at Arterberry, Ltd from 1987-1988 and was the winemaker for Panther Creek Cellars from 1994-1999. St. Innocent produces small-lot, handmade wines that are meant for food. St. Innocent has an interest in the Zenith Vineyard (formerly O’Connor Vineyard) in the Eola-Amity Hills where they now have 16 acres of Pinot Noir planted. The winery also works closely with 8 different growers, leasing specific blocks of vineyards to produce terroir-specific wines. A new winery at the Zenith Vineyard was completed in time to receive the 2007 vintage 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.