2010 St. Innocent Pinot Noir Temperance Hill Vineyard

Hello friends. We have a parcel of some well-priced, difficult-to-source Oregon Pinot today:

St. Innocent was another winery that really stood out to me at Oregon Pinot Camp. While I had tasted a handful of Mark Vlossak’s wines over the years, this was the first opportunity I had to concentrate on the entire lineup. And what a lineup! For lovers of clarity and terroir-expressiveness in their Pinots, this is a tough portfolio to top.

St. Innocent has been a Burghound darling, with Allen Meadows’ praise growing more and more effusive over the past few years (note: Meadows has not yet reviewed the 2010s). That has taken wines that were already tough to find and made them rarer still. St. Innocent sends one small shipment of their Pinots to Seattle each year, and they’re typically gone in a matter of months.

As I’ve mentioned a few times, 2010 in Oregon was an outstanding-quality, low-yield vintage, so supply pressure will be greater than ever. That’s why I have been keeping my eye on arrival reports, and now that this wine has hit the ground in Seattle, I’m turning around this offering as quickly as possible.

In the few times I have spoken with Mark, his emphasis is generally on terroir and texture. The terroir here is Temperance Hill Vineyard, an Eola-Amity Hills site, from blocks planted in 1984 and 1995 over an ancient volcanic uplift, on thin weathered basalt. It’s the coolest site St. Innocent works with, the last to harvest, and the finished alcohol here is 13%. Texturally, this reeks of class, with closely-shorn, ripe tannins. It builds energy across the mid-palate and into the finish. The intensity of the smoky, floral, red-fruited flavors is noteworthy, seemingly impossible given this wine’s ethereal weightlessness.

Wine & Spirits (Patrick Comiskey): “($32); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.”

Please limit order requests to 6 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine should arrive in about a week, at which point it will be available for pickup or shipping during the autumn shipping window.

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