2003 St. Innocent Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Vineyard (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)

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Oregon, Pinot Noir, Red Wine, USA, Willamette Valley

Not my favorite experience from St. Innocent. Very dark fruited and California-like when I first opened it. The acidity is there, and with air, the wine turns into a more focused style. It still reminds me of Bordeaux, though, which turns me off in Pinot. A product from a hot vintage. It may get better and more nuanced, but this will never be as good as any of the 2002s from St. Innocent. Would not buy again.

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I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.

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