Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Number 7 on Wine Spectator Top 100 List!

Shea Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 

Shea Vineyard Estate 2009

94 points / $40
3,555 cases made
Willamette Valley, Oregon

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.
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.
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