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September 02, 2014
ST. INNOCENT 2012 PINOT NOIRS

"In the eyes of most Willamette Valley winemakers 2012 is a pinot vintage for the record books, and by all accounts the market is in agreement: the wines have sold swiftly and in many cases are all gone at the wineries and even at the wholesale and retail levels in many markets . . . A number of retailers I've spoken to reported that they're selling through their '12s, especially those from big-name wineries, as quickly as they can get them." - Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar

By now we have debuted many of the 2012 Oregon Pinot Noirs (Ken Wright, Broadley, Bergstrom, Elk Cove, etc.), but like the description quoted above, their lay over here at Winex has been relatively short-lived. There is no doubt that 2012 in Oregon is a vintage worthy of attention, and it has even captured the interest of those who prefer California-style Pinots.

Josh Raynolds continues in his article saying, "the Willamette Valley's 2012 Pinots are fleshy and fruit-dominated, with round tannins and forward personalities. The fruit tends to the darker side of the Pinot spectrum--think cherry and blackberry rather than strawberry and raspberry, much less cranberry and redcurrant--and this gives the wines massive crowd appeal."

Our offer today features the single-vineyard Pinots from St. Innocent: Temperance Hill, Zenith, Justice, and Shea. You may have seen a couple of the bottlings featured in another offer, but now we have enough quantity to feature the wines on their own (until they sell out, of course). There's no question that owner/winemaker Mark Vlossak has been on his game for a long time (they are celebrating their 26th year!), and even he is particularly jazzed with his efforts in what he calls "a great vintage." The reviews from the conservative International Wine Cellar speak for themselves. This is not a drill. Good hunting.

SAINT INNOCENT 2012 PINOT NOIR TEMPERANCE HILL VINEYARD EOLA AMITY HILLS
score: IWC 92

add to cart $29.99   add a case $359.88

Josh Raynolds writes in 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." read more
SAINT INNOCENT 2012 PINOT NOIR ZENITH VINEYARD EOLA AMITY HILLS
score: IWC 92

add to cart $34.99   add a case $419.88

Josh Raynolds writes in International Wine Cellar: "Brilliant ruby-red. Sexy mineral- and smoke-laced black raspberry, cherry and rose pastille scents show excellent clarity and a hint of cola. Sweet, incisive red and dark berry flavors put on weight with air and are complemented by suggestions of spicecake and anise. Spreads out and stains the palate on the gently tannic finish, with the floral and spice notes echoing." read more
SAINT INNOCENT 2012 PINOT NOIR JUSTICE VINEYARD EOLA AMITY HILLS
score: IWC 93

add to cart $45.99   add a case $551.88

Josh Raynolds writes in International Wine Cellar: "Vivid ruby. Heady spice- and smoke-tinged aromas of blackberry, cherry-cola and potpourri, with a hint of licorice in the background. Fleshy and expansive on the palate, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors that tighten up and gain energy with air. Rich but lithe and precise, showing outstanding finishing clarity and drive; supple tannins add shape. This very young, very promising pinot deserves cellaring." &l... read more

SAINT INNOCENT 2012 PINOT NOIR SHEA VINEYARD YAMHILL CARLTON
score: IWC 93

add to cart $46.99   add a case $563.88

Josh Raynolds writes in International Wine Cellar: "Vivid ruby. Heady, exotically perfumed aromas of dark berries, Asian spices, incense and candied flowers are sharpened by a zesty mineral quality and a hint of white pepper. Stains the palate with intense black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that become sweeter and deeper with air. Shows superb energy, focus and depth of fruit on the extremely long, spicy finish.  Supple tannins build slowly and add shape but don'... read more
 

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