Posted on Jul, 31. 2012 by
I hope everyone enjoyed the 4th of July as much as we did. While it’s a scorcher here, I checked what the weather’s been like out in the Pacific Northwest. While it’s been warm for there, it’s nothing like it’s been here, and what I’ve noticed are the warm days and the cool nights, perfect conditions for the Pinot Noir that marks the Willamette Valley and Oregon’s primary contribution to the world’s wine scene.
One of the great things about the Guild is that we can buy wines to drink right away, and wines to enjoy months or even years from now. With that, I present a selection of wines from St. Innocent, one of Oregon’s top producers. You may remember last fall when our distributor brought in a handful of wines from St. Innocent and poured them for us. Fantastic wines that not enough of you took advantage of, if you ask me. If you missed out, here’s your chance, the spring allotment is just in!
Audrey & I discovered St. Innocent back in 2005, when Guild Member & co-founder Chris Doran recommended Mark Vlossak’s wines to us on our trip to Oregon, and we enjoy coming back to them year after year. While there’s a slew to choose from, allow me to spotlight just a few:
-2010 St Innocent Pinot Noir Villages Cuvee
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $21.99 • Premier Cru: $22.99 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $30.00
This bottling, blended from six sites throughout the Willamette Valley, is a great entry into Oregon Pinots. Fresh fruit, striking acidity and a firm backbone make this a wine to enjoy now with some decanting or in a few years after cellaring.
-2010 St Innocent Pinot Gris Vitae SpringsMember Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $16.13 • Premier Cru: $16.89 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $22.00
Unlike the pinot noirs, this Alsatian-style Pinot Gris is ready for drinking now. Eight months of on-lees aging in stainless steel tanks make for a ripe, texturally rich pinot gris, perfect for summertime’s lighter fare.
-2010 St Innocent Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $36.66 • Premier Cru: $38.33 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $50.00
This is the stuff, right here. I can drink this any where, any time. Winemakers throughout Oregon fight to get their allocations from Shea Vineyard. 35 miles southwest of Portland, these blocks of vines have a southern exposure, perfect for capturing the sun during the day and grabbing the cooling breezes at night. Aged 16 months in 35% new French Oak, this wine can sit in your cellar for the next 10-15 years without a problem (assuming you have a generator just for your cellar, you do have a cellar generator don’t you? Or maybe just a passive cellar), or you can enjoy it now with some serious decanting. Either way, this is a wine screaming to be enjoyed with family and friends, who will thank you for sharing it, just as you will thank me for recommending it. And if you’re not sure of it, because, hey, that’s a big number from the Guild, St. Innocent produces it in half bottles, just enough to whet your appetite for more. (See the order form for details.)
These are just a few of the offerings available to us. If you see the form and have questions about any of the wines, shoot me a note and I’ll fill you in.