St. Innocent Temperance Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
|Region||United States, Oregon, Willamette Valley|
Translucent red. Mineral-accented black raspberry, cherry cola and lavender scents are complemented by floral and licorice notes and a spicy nuance that gains strength in the glass. Well-concentrated yet lively as well, offering palate-staining red and blue fruit, spicecake and floral pastille flavors supported by a spine of smoky minerality. Finishes extremely long and smooth, displaying lingering red berry and five-spice powder qualities and slow-building tannins. (29% new French oak)
The 2016 Pinot Noir Temperance Hill Vineyard has a broody nose of tar, potting soil, roasted cranberries and dried red cherries plus warm blackberry notes. It's medium-bodied and earthy in the mouth, retaining those tarry notes. It has a chewy frame and good freshness. Give this a long decant-hopefully those tarry notes will dissipate.