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St. Innocent Temperance Hill Pinot Noir 2017

Product description

The philosophy behind the winemaking at St Innocent is that the function of wine is to complement and extend the pleasure of a meal. The characteristics of a wine should enhance different food and flavor combinations - this interaction amplifies the pleasure of a meal. To this end, St. Innocent wines tend toward higher acid levels, and more diverse and balanced flavors.

Temperance Hill has a beautifully perfumed nose of baking spices with ginger, cinnamon and allspice, dark dried roses and blackberries. Very fresh redberries and cherries with vibrant acidity and hints of allspice fill your mouth. The freshness continues into the finish with spices and dried fruits that linger softly on the palate.

Pair with salmon, lamb chops and pork tenderloin.

94 Points - Vinous

Dark, bright-rimmed scarlet. Mineral-accented raspberry, cherry and exotic spice aromas are complemented by a potpourri note and a hint of smokiness. Shows impressive energy and definition on the palate, offering vibrant red berry, bitter cherry, rose pastille and spicecake flavors supported by a spine of smoky minerality. Finishes impressively long and taut, with an intriguing blood orange flourish and discreet tannins.

93 Points - James Suckling

Lots of dried-strawberry and floral aromas with just hints of lemon rind, strawberry and walnut. Some nutmeg husk, too. It’s full-bodied with round, solid tannins and a rich finish.