04 May St. Innocent Freedom Hill Chardonnay 2012 ($50)
This Week In White Wine: St. Innocent Freedom Hill Chardonnay 2012 ($50)
“Crisp and tangy, with a raw edge to the lemon and smoky pear flavors, lingering easily.” – Wine Spectator
Wine Ratings & Awards
Grape Certified Gold Medal – 2016
Wine Spectator – 92 Points – 2013
Wine Enthusiast – 92 Points – 2013
Best Wines Under $50 – 2016
Best White Wines of the Year – 2016
St. Innocent is a boutique winery nestled in Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine region. Famous for producing small lots of hand crafted wines like: Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris/Grigio, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, they are also known for producing an array of several single vineyard and blended styles of Pinot Noir. This particular Chardonnay grown by St. Innocent came from France’s wine region of Burgundy and is made from 100% Dijon-clone vines. The inherent qualities of the vines mixed with Oregon’s terroir and climate create a beautifully distinct Chardonnay that is uniquely unforgettable.
The acclaimed, 2012, St. Innocent Freedom Hill Chardonnay offers a detailed and focused nose of apples and pears with spice and ripe citrus notes. Fresh stone fruit flavors are offset by bright acidity with layers of stoniness – both river stones and the “stone” of a peach. These flavors extend across the palate and the minerality broadens into the finish.
Savor this wine now or store and save for another time and date (anywhere between 2016 to 2020). This Chardonnay will continue to improve over the next five years. We recommend pairing this wine with any one of the following dishes: sauté chicken with sage and browned butter, TheGrape’s healthy halibut fillets. If you love bisque soups, consider chevre bisque with tomato & basil with lobster or enjoy a plate of creamy vegetarian enchilada pasta.
Wine Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Wine Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
Style: Full-bodied, Rich & Creamy
Drinks Like: Kistler Vineyards Les Noisetiers Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast ($85), Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis, Burgundy France ($95),
Food & Wine Pairings: Quick & Healthy Halibut Fillets – Click To View Recipe
Also try these delicious recipes: Sautéed Chicken with Sage & Browned Butter, Chevre Bisque with Tomato & Basil with Lobster garnish and Creamy Vegetarian Enchilada Pasta
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Grape Certified Gold
The 2012 St. Innocent Freedom Hill Chardonnay is a very special wine, you’ll understand once you’ve had a sip. If you love Chardonnay, this is the kind of bottle you may want to keep all to yourself and just tell others how amazing it was, while demanding they buy their own bottle. The fresh peach, citrus, and soft juicy pear will cause you to salivate. The flavors exhibit a hint of apple spice pie, with notes of white peach and pear that implement a tart citric side that is very appealing and yet creamy. This Grape Certified Gold wine is yet, just another reason why you need to tap into the wines from Oregon. What are you waiting for?