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WINE REVIEW: St. Innocent 2019 Chardonnay, Freedom Hill Vineyard, Willamette Valley, Oregon ($36)

Outstanding New World Chardonnay from Oregon


by Andrew Chalk


Innocent, and a saint. That’s quite a qualification to live up to. This boutique Oregon winery founded by Mark Vlossak has labored under the radar for 36 years and it would be a benefit to the world if they had a larger audience. 


This chardonnay, made from Dijon clones, is an impressive keeper. Very good to outstanding depending on how you judge the finish. This is a powerful and complex chardonnay that incorporates well-defined fruit with secondary flavors of oak and a subtle phenolic backbone. Signs of age enhance the enjoyment as it resolves its component parts together without evidence of fading. Keep for up to five years or enjoy today with food, where the healthy acid level will ensure rich enjoyment.

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St. Innocent 2019 Chardonnay, Freedom Hill Vineyard, Willamette Valley, Oregon ($36)

APPEARANCE


Clarity

clear

Intensity

deep

Color

gold

Other observations




NOSE


Condition

clean

Intensity

medium plus

Aroma characteristics

lemon, mango, pineapple, ripe peach, vanilla, sherbet



PALATE


Sweetness

dry

Acidity

medium plus

Tannin


Alcohol

medium plus

Body

medium plus

Flavour intensity

high

Flavour characteristics

the lemon, peach, pineapple and mango in the nose predominate. Add a phenolic backbone, minerality, oak and coconut

Other observations


Finish

Medium plus to long



CONCLUSION


Quality assessment

Very Good to Outstanding depending on how you judge the finish. This is a powerful and complex chardonnay that incorporates well-defined fruit with secondary flavors of oak and a subtle phenolic backbone. Signs of age enhance the enjoyment as it resolves its component parts together without evidence of fading. Keep for up to five years or enjoy today with food, where the healthy acid level will ensure rich enjoyment.

Bottle ageing

Suitable

 


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