St. Innocent Pinot Noir Temperance Hill 2017 - Vinous 94 Points
Regular price $44.00
2017 St. Innocent Pinot Noir Temperance Hill Vineyard
$44 / bottle
Vinous 94 Points
St. Innocent was an early buyer of Temperance Hill fruit, and winemaker Mark Vlossak’s version is an Oregon classic, not to be missed. Vlossak gets fruit from a variety of top vineyards, including Freedom Hill and Shea, but his Temperance Hill bottling is always right at the top of his line, as one would expect . . .
From Vinous: “Dark, bright-rimmed scarlet. Mineral-accented raspberry, cherry and exotic spice aromas are complemented by a potpourri note and a hint of smokiness. Shows impressive energy and definition on the palate, offering vibrant red berry, bitter cherry, rose pastille and spicecake flavors supported by a spine of smoky minerality. Finishes impressively long and taut, with an intriguing blood orange flourish and discreet tannins. I had the chance to re-taste the 2016 sibling of this wine, and compared to the 2017 it’s a more powerful rendition but in no way heavy. There's a somewhat darker profile to the fruit and more heft on the palate, but the vibrancy and cut of this 2017 are really compelling, making it more to my personal preference. I wouldn't kick either one out of the cellar for eating crackers or crusty baguettes.”