Our Wines

2016 Maliziosa Zenith Vineyard (Summer Special, Reg $20!)


In nearly 30 years of winemaking, this is St. Innocent's second rosé of Pinot noir! The Pinot noir grapes for the Maliziosa rosé come from two gently sloping parcels at the lower elevations of our estate vineyard, Zenith. They were picked in emid-September in perfect condition. The grapes were destemmed and allowed 24 hours of skin contact. After pressing the next day, the deep pink colored juice was fermented at 64 degrees and stopped just short of dryness and not allowed to go through malolactic fermentation.

Maliziosa translates to "not so innocent", or a bit ornery.

Vineyard Details

St. Innocent began producing wines from this site in 1989 when it was known as O'Connor Vineyard. We produced vineyard designated O'Connor Pinot noir for ten years, ending in 1998 when the vineyard was leased to Willamette Valley Vineyards. One of our customers, Tim and Kari Ramey purchased the vineyard in 2002. In early 2006, St. Innocent Winery united with the Rameys and now jointly own Zenith Vineyard, LLC. As part of that agreement, we build an event space owned by the vineyard and new winery owned and operated by St. Innocent Winery. The winery portion was completed just in time for the 2007 harvest. On our 133 acre property, we now have a total of 80 planted acres, of which 13.5 acres of Pinot noir is reserved for St. Innocent's production.

Vintage Description

2016 was the third in a string of warm summers and early harvests. It produced the smallest crop of the three. The harvest began with a bit of heat and dehydration in the fruit. The immediately resolved with cooler temperatures and rest of the harvest produced well balanced fruit with lovely flavors and ripe tannins. We finished picking at the end of September, producing a total of 10,200 cases.

Tasting Notes

Salmon-pink colored, our 2016 Maliziosa rosé has bright floral strawberry and cranberry aromas with hints of nutmeg and white pepper. Very fresh with bright flavors of strawberry, peach, and apricot. The finish has a lovely softness to the tannins and very round acidity, fading very gently into the finish. A very elegant rosé perfect in the afternoon with appetizers, bruschetta, and flatbreads.

Mark Vlossak, Winemaker