St. Innocent Pinot Blanc Freedom Hill Vineyard 2012

St. Innocent Winery was founded in 1988 by owner and winemaker Mark Vlossak. Mark’s interest and education in wine began early his father was a wine importer and Mark produced sparkling wine in 1985-87. He then apprenticed with Fred Arterberry, Jr. at Arterberry, Ltd from 1987-1988. In 1994, he was appointed winemaker at Panther Creek Cellars where he worked for five years before founding St. Innocent. St. Innocent produces small-lot, handmade wines in the Old World tradition in other words, wines intended to go with food. The estate vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills is planted to 16 acres planted to Pinot Nor. The winery also works closely with eight different growers, leasing specific blocks of vineyards to produce terroir-specific wines. A new winery at the Zenith Vineyard was completed in time for the 2007 harvest. This 17,500 sq. ft., four story, gravity facility features underground barrel rooms, a temperature controlled crush floor and a 900 sq. ft. tasting room. [+]