ince founding St. Innocent in 1988, Mark Vlossak has become one of the most influential and distinctive winemakers of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. And he remains one of the most outspoken! Join us on Thursday, March 23, to meet Mark, hear the St. Innocent story, and taste an amazing set of benchmark wines.
As Mark told Wine Advocate, “I want to make wine to eat with, wine that can age and wine that is complex. I’ve reduced the new wood since 2001, and I’m looking to express site location - above and below the surface. Vintage expression is also very important. The idea is not to make ‘the best’ wine every vintage, but rather express the difference between the growing seasons. I want the wines to be different from each other.”
In addition, no one does texture like Mark. All of his wines —red and white—possess lovely richness and density, even a sense of plushness, without any excess of ripeness or weight. You’ll quickly see what we mean as you taste:
- St. Innocent Chardonnay Freedom Hill 2014 (Vinous 91)
- St. Innocent Pinot Blanc Freedom Hill 2014 (Vinous
- St. Innocent Pinot Noir Momtazi 2014 (Vinous 92)
- St. Innocent Pinot Noir Freedom Hill 2014 (Vinous 93)
- St. Innocent Pinot Noir Shea 2014 (Vinous 93)
- St. Innocent Pinot Noir Justice 2014 (Vinous 93)
- St. Innocent Pinot Noir Zenith 2013
As always, we’ll serve light, wine-friendly snacks to go along with the wines and enjoy plenty of back-and-forth discussion with Mark.