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

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

Although I will never like the 2003s from St. I as much as their 2002s, I thought this bottle was beginning to show what I have liked about their wines in the past. The burly fruit of its youth has exited center stage, and a more restrained version has come on. It’s soft, velvety, and shows earth, cherry, and strawberry fruit. Very good wine now, and it still can age for many more years. Matter of fact, I would leave this wine alone for another 2-3 years before revisiting. I think the patience will be rewarded.

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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.

One thought on “2003 St. Innocent Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)”

  1. You have found what most have of the 2003s.They were very big and fruit forward when young because of the hot weather, but have since mellowed to a more elegant state.

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