January 21, 2018

Rich, creamy, and toasty aromas with overripe apples, cooked pears, hazelnuts, and brioche on the palate. The finish is lengthy and the wine is pleasant to drink. 

Daily Wine 1/21/18:

St. Innocent Winery – Zenith Vineyard – Blanc de Blanc Reservé – Willamette Valley – 2007

  • Crafted by Mark Vlossak and his team from 100% Chardonnay sourced from their estate vineyard.
  • Oregon’s cool climate is well suited to growing grapes for sparkling wine production.
  • Mark chose the 108 clone of Chardonnay because it ripens slowly without losing its natural acidity.
  • This wine is produced in the traditional method like in Champagne.
  • The base wine was barrel fermented and aged for two years in neutral oak barrels. After being bottled, the wine was aged on the lees for seven years before being hand riddled and disgorged.
  • Mark was inspired by a trip to Champagne in 1998 in the village of Avize.
  • Only 94 cases of this wine were produced.
  • Pair with charcuterie, game, salads, and caviar.
  • The St.Innocent Winery will be moving this year from Eola-Amity Hills to the South Salem Hills. Production will reduce to 6,500 cases annually in order to return to roots and to pass the winery down to his daughters. The new property will be 47.5 acres with 15 acres planted to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The move will take place around April 2018.

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