Shea Wine Cellars Shea Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir 2012

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The fruit for the Estate is sourced from throughout Shea Vineyard. The nose offers black cherry and the rich earthiness of forest floor, accented with violet floral notes. The palate is rich with additional hints of cocoa, supple fine grain tannins and a long, elegant finish.
Category Red Wine
Country United States
Region Oregon
Appellation Willamette Valley
Brand Shea Wine Cellars
Alcohol/vol 14.3%
  • we90

Wine EnthusiastThis estate-grown blend combines blocks and clones from the 200-acre Shea vineyard. Aged in almost 50% new French oak, it's supple and balanced, with defining layers of cracked rock and gun metal. The cranberry and raspberry fruit remains firm and tight, even after more than a day of breathing.

Paul Gregutt, April 1, 2015
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Wine AdvocateThe 2012 Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard was picked October 6-17 and includes 6% whole-cluster fruit and around 48% new French oak. There is a bit of hubris on the nose with dark berry, cola and boysenberry jam that soars from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with dusty red berry fruit, slightly coarse tannins, but plenty of freshness on the easygoing finish laden with tart red fruits and a dash of spice. It is perhaps missing a little excitement, that frisson that renders good Pinot great.

Neal Martin, March 2015