St. Innocent 2018 Momtazi Vineyard McMinnville Pinot Noir

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Vineyard Notes
Momtazi Vineyard is located in the McMinnville AVA, 7 miles west of McMinnville, Oregon. The grapes for this wine come from four blocks at the top of the vineyard on steep, exposed and windblown hillsides. Planted in 1999 and 2004 on thin, poor soils, the vines have a south and SW exposure at an elevation of 680-760'. The vineyard is certified biodynamic by Demeter.

Production Notes
Release Date: Mar 2022; Production: 1045 cases. The de-stemmed grapes were fermented in 4-8 ton stainless steel and Burgundy oak fermenters with no SO2, allowing the fermentations to process naturally. After gentle pressing and settling, the wine aged in French oak barrels, 20% of which were new, for 16 months before bottling by gravity and without fining.

Tasting Notes
Dark ruby red color. Deep perfumed aromas of dried red fruit, concentrated tomato paste, turmeric, and red peppercorns are beguiling and draw you in. The mouth begins with fresh dark red fruit that quickly crescendos, radiating blackberries and blueberries, sweet tar, and spices throughout your palate. Lovely textural richness coats your palate (the “umami”), leaving denser tannins and beautifully balanced acidity. As hard to resist as it is now, this vintage of Momtazi will reward your patience.

Food Pairing Notes
This wine begs for rich flavors like wild boar stew with forest mushrooms or roast leg of lamb with fresh herbs and white beans finished with a mirepoix.

Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation: McMinnville AVA
Vineyard Designation: Momtazi Vineyard
Farming Practices: Certified Biodynamic by Demeter
Aging: 16 months in French oak, 20% new
Production: 1,045 cases
Winemaker: Mark Vlossak

92 Points - Wine Spectator
"Shows expression and elegant dimension, with savory plum and blueberry flavors laced with crushed stone and forest floor accents that build richness toward medium-grained tannins. Drink now through 2030. 1,045 cases made." -TF, 7/31/22

90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
"This is astringent and dries out the finish right from the start. The fruit is subdued, and these light blueberry and cherry flavors are overtaken by a tannic finish with bitter herbal notes. Aging in 20% new French barrels has helped to soften up the hard edges, but more bottle age is recommended." -PG, 4/1/22


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