Shea Vineyard Estate 2009
94 points / $40
In 1989, owner Dick Shea left a career on Wall Street to pursue
his interest in wine, purchasing 200 acres of land in the Willamette
Valley and planting it to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Shea sells grapes
to some of Oregon’s top producers, and in 1996 started making his own
wine. The 2009 Estate bottling blends Pommard, Wädenswil and Dijon
clones from various portions of the sprawling vineyard and is fermented
in both stainless steel and wooden tanks.
3,555 cases made
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Supple, rich and complex, layering its dark berry, black cherry, pink grapefruit and exotic spice flavors on a velvety frame. The finish lingering effortlessly. Drink now through 2019. 3,555 cases made. –HS
This is an amazingly good wine and is just starting to come on. I tasted it in '10 just after it was released and it showed character then. Lots of toss up between red and black fruit with fine tannis and a long aftertaste of citrus and berry.