Momtazi Vineyard is located in the McMinnville AVA, 7 miles west of McMinnville, Oregon. Planted in 1999 and 2004 on thin, poor soils, the vines have a south and SW exposure at an elevation of 680-760'. The vineyard is certified biodynamic by Demeter. In 2006 I approached Moe Momtazi and asked if St. Innocent could contract for Pinot noir fruit from his bio-dynamically farmed vineyard. From my first trip to France in 1998, I observed that the greatest domaines in both Burgundy and Alsace had one thing in common: they farmed bio-dynamically.
Vintage Notes: The 2011 season began with a very cool spring. This delayed shoot growth and the flowering phase occurred later than in any previous Oregon vintage. The summer was relatively warm and disease-free. The weather cooled in September and became cloudy by early October. With the late start of the season, the grapes desperately needed sun to complete the ripening process. By mid-October the sun returned and continued to shine into November. Harvest began in mid-to-late October and was the latest in our 24-year history.