New! St. Innocent Pinot Noir Freedom Hill, Red, 750ml

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95 pts - Vinous Feb 2022 - Josh Raynolds: "Vivid red. Finely detailed, spice- and mineral-tinged aromas of raspberry, cherry cola, boysenberry and a suggestion of candied flowers on the expansive nose. Juicy, palate-staining red fruit, floral pastille and exotic spice flavors show superb detail and a bracing undercurrent of smoky minerality. Concentrated as well as lively in character, betraying no rough edges. The floral quality emerges on the energetic, extremely persistent finish, which is shaped by harmonious tannins that lend shape and gentle grip."
Vineyard Notes
Freedom Hill Vineyard is located in the foothills of the Coast Range, 10 miles SW of Salem, Oregon. During the day warm air rises from the valley floor ripening the skins. At night, cool ocean breezes act to retain acidity. Planted on old sedimentary soils, the vines have a SW exposure at an elevation of 520’ to 580’. Our Pinot noir comes from two blocks, one planted in 2004 with Pommard and Wädenswil and one planted in 2008 with 777.
Production Notes
The de-stemmed grapes were fermented in 4-8 ton stainless steel fermenters with no SO2, allowing the fermentations to proceed naturally. After gentle pressing and settling, the wine aged in French oak barrels, 20% of which were new, for 16 months before bottling by gravity without fining. This Special Selection is a blend of the five best barrels.
Winemaker Notes
Vintage Notes: 2017, after three very warm and early harvests, brought a welcome change with cooler temperatures during the summer and a normal harvest window. We began picking on September 15th for sparkling wine. After a week with temperatures in the 70’s, we harvested Chardonnay between 9/22 and 9/29. All of the Pinot noir was picked in a two-week window beginning on 9/26 with continued pleasant temperatures and no rain. The wines have more aromatic and flavor nuances with balanced acidity and moderate alcohols.
Food Pairing Notes
Rich, full flavored entrees like New York steaks, leg of lamb and roasted vegetables.
Other Notes
Release Date: Dec 2021; Production 122 cases