Innocent Thoughts

October 1 2016

St. Innocent Pinot noir Ranks #1 and #4 “50 Best Oregon Wines”

Recent reviews and a #1 spot atop Portland Monthly's list of Oregon's 50 Best Wines proves that though grapes may not flourish in a difficult vintage, great bottles of Pinot noir emerge. Our Winemaker and Owner, Mark Vlossak, has often said that a vintage should not be described as good or bad, but rather how easy it is to do the job of winemaking: to make lovely wine in every vintage. Critics certainly agree. Portland Montly's 12-member tasting panel chose our 2013 Pinot noir, Momtazi Vineyard as their #1 wine out of more than 1,200 entries submitted and our estate 2013 Pinot noir, Zenith Vineyard is in the #4 spot.

"I am thrilled and honored," Vlossak said. His contast vision is to produce nuanced wines that are best paired with food and will stand the test of time should a bottle be cellared. The reviews given by Portland Monthly's panel echos St. Innocent's philosophy exactly. This accolade follows high ratings from other publications, too. Wine & Spirits Magazine granted the 2013 Momtazi Vineyard a 91 point rating and Wine Enthusiast awarded it a 93 point rating.

Our 2014 vintage is also showing well straight away. Unlike the 2013 season which saw heavy rainfall admist harvest, the 2014 summer was quite hot and dry.  Wine Advocate gave four of our single vineyard Pinot noirs 90+ point ratings; Wine Enthusiast named four of our 2014 wines Editor's Choice and gave both 2014 Pinot noirs, Shea Vineyard and Freedom Hill Vineyard their Cellar Selection designation.

If you're curious, check out pages on this website such as winemaking or vineyards to learn more from our Winemaker.  The 2013 Pinot noir, Momtazi is sold out, but the 2013 Pinot noir, Zenith Vineyard is still available.