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St. Innocent Winery 2012 Zenith Vineyard Pinot Noir

Appellation: Eola-Amity Hills

Owner/winemaker Mark Vloassk partnered with customers Tim and Kari Ramey in 2002 to purchase O’Connor Vineyard near Salem, Ore., which they’ve taken to great heights by transforming it into one of Oregon’s top sites. They’ve grown it to 80 acres of vines, including four clones of Pinot Noir — Pommard, Wadenswil, 115 and 777 — and this vintage marked the first time all of their blocks were deemed fit for this project since replanting because of phylloxera. A deft hand with oak shows with aromas of dark cherry, mocha espresso, baking spice, fresh tobacco and saddle leather. There’s delicious density to its flavors of dark plum, blackberry and boysenberry, which are met by pomegranate acidity, mild elderberry-skin tannins and tremendous length. Rated "Outstanding!" by Great Northwest Wine. (14.2 percent alcohol)

Price: $42

Cases produced: 1,310

Food pairings: Lamb, pork and grilled salmon will work beautifully with this delicious red wine.

St. Innocent Winery, 5657 Zena Road N.W., Salem, Ore., 503-378-1526,

-- Great Northwest Wine