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2021 St. Innocent Momtazi Vineyard Pinot Noir

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90James Suckling

Notes of spiced cherries, dried strawberries, red licorice and hints of cocoa. Medium-bodied with dusty tannins and earthy, savory notes. Moderate finish.


St. Innocent

St. Innocent Winery is in Salem, Oregon. It was founded in 1988 by Mark Vlossak, who still owns and runs it. St. Innocent sources grapes from seven Willamette Valley vineyards, including their own estate vineyard. The estate is known for Pinot Noir and makes a number of cuvees. It also produces Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and a vintage sparkling wine. Wine Advocate has often rated St. Innocent’s wines in the mid to high-90s and notes that “Mark Vlossak continues to turn out some of Willamette Valley’s finest wines…”


United States, Oregon, Willamette Valley

Willamette Valley AVA was established in 1983, and it is the oldest appellation in Oregon. Oregon’s modern wine industry began in the Willamette Valley in the 1960s when artists, vagabond winemakers, and U.C. Davis oenology graduates looking for new territory started their own, small, off-the-grid wineries. The appellation is the state’s largest, and it extends 175 miles from Columbia River on the Washington/Oregon border to just south of Eugene, near central Oregon. The Willamette River runs through the area, helping to give the appellation a mild year-round climate. There are six smaller sub-appellations within this AVA, but altogether the Willamette Valley has the largest concentration of wineries in Oregon, as well as the majority of the state’s most famous producers. Pinot Noir is king here, followed by Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling. To most admirers of Oregon Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley offers the most distinctive wine choices in the state.


Red Wine, Pinot Noir

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.