St. Innocent Villages Cuvée Pinot Noir 2013
|Region||United States, Oregon, Willamette Valley|
Light and tangy, with a nice zip of acidity enlivening the cherry and black tea flavors. Finishes with modest intensity but real persistence. Drink now through 2019. 2,210 cases made.
Fruit from six vineyards that comprise the winery's vineyard-designate series is blended into this village cuvée. At first it seems stiff, almost severe, remaining tightly wound for hours. Gradually the fruit emerges, with rhubarb, cranberry and raspberry notes, and highlights of citrus rind in a high-acid finish.
A blend of young fruit and parcels adjacent to the Pinot Gris, the 2013 Pinot Noir Villages Cuvée comes from six vineyards (there are usually four) and sees a judicious 14% new oak. It has an attractive bouquet with red cherries and raspberry scents: simple but true. The palate is medium-bodied with light tannin, dark plum and raspberry at its core with a generous dash of cracked black pepper on the finish. While I would have preferred more complexity, one cannot argue at that price and it should be one to quaff with pleasure over the next 3 or 4 years.