Momtazi Vineyard produces Pinot Noirs with a distinct terroir profile. Aromatically dense with sandalwood, coffee grounds, dark chocolate, coriander and cumin. The aromas of blue and blackberry flavors wander seamlessly. Powerful black fruit flavors with tar, earth and cinnamon raisin toast. Expanding the boundaries of what Pinot noirs can be this is a wine for exotic wine, spices food and textures. Drink whenever you want.
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.
The summer of 2015 started off with intense heat that faded off into a very warm and sunny season. Harvest began early with us first picking fruit on September 2 in cooler conditions. Yields were about 15% higher than normal and fruit was as perfect as I have seen. We continued to harvest throughout September and finished by the end of the month. The balance of flavor, tannin, acid, and sugar were as perfect as I have seen in 29 years. I am excited to see how the wines develop.
Food Pairing Notes
Enjoy with cassoulet, grilled lamb, tandoori chicken, game and sausages.