St. Innocent Pinot Noir 2015, 375ml, Zenith Vineyard, Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon

“Zenith is our Estate vineyard and located 9 miles NW of Salem, Oregon. The grapes for this wine come from various blocks, most of them face SE and warm early in the morning. One faces SW and is warmer in the afternoon. Four different clones of Pinot noir are planted: Pommard, Wadenswil, 115, and 777. The de-stemmed grapes were fermented in small stainless and Burgundy oak fermenters with no SO2, allowing the fermentations to proceed naturally. After gentle pressing and settling, the wine aged in French oak barrels, 21% of which were new, for 16 months before bottling by gravity and without fining.” – from the Winery. 2015 vintage – “Remarkably rich with dark red berries, cherries and warm spices, the nose of our 2015 Pinot Noir, Zenith Vineyard is balanced with fresh floral aromas. Solidly structured with broad ripe tannins, concentrated dark fruits, woodland spices and hints of bay and coriander. Nicely balanced with vibrant acidity, the savory tannins extend throughout the finish. This may be the most complex and ageable wine from Zenith I have produced.” – Winemaker