Shea Vineyards – New Pinot noirs

shea-vertical-175pShea Wine Cellars released two new 2007 Pinot noirs to us this week – the 2007 East Hill and the Pommard.  Shea Wine Cellars is the Shea Vineyard owner’s winery.

Our tasting notes:

Shea Wine Cellars Shea Vineyard East Hill Pinot noir
Immediately enjoyable dark raspberry, blueberry and loganberry meld with exotic notes of incense cardamom Well-integrated already, the 07 East Hill has a superb balance of oak, ripe fruit and acidity. The finish is succulent and sweet with red berry Pinot essence.

Shea Wine Cellars Shea Vineyard Pommard Pinot noir 07
Deeply pitched aromas of cherry compote, baking spice, and caramel lead to powerful palate of juicy black berry, plum, cherry and toasty oak. The 07 Pommard is a ripe-style Pinot with lots of complexity – dried oregano, cinnamon stick and black tea nuances carry through on the finish with fine tannins.

Any Pinot made from Shea fruit usually sells out as a futures purchase, or in a few days after release. The slow economy has one good effect – some of Oregon’s hard to get Shea wines are still available.

St. Innocent Shea Vineyard Pinot noir 07
One of our favorites, and a nice price, considering the fame of the vineyard. St. Innocent Pinot noir Shea Vineyard 07 has seamless layers of wild dark berries and a bead of sweet cherry entice your taste buds. Like the 2006, the 07 Shea has a rich texture and excellent weight. The finish stays fresh, with a violet-mint lift. St. Innocent’s 07 Shea shows nicely with a little decanting, and has the balance and integration to age for 8-10 years. Highly recommended.

penner-ash-shea-150pPenner-Ash Shea Vineyard Pinot noir 07
Sold out at the winery. Focused black cherry, raspberry, mineral and spice flavors on the nose. Expansive red and black fruits along with fine-grained tannins compliment a broad, textured palate. Vanilla and Asian spice lingers on the finish. 315 cases made. – the winery

We sent out an email about all of the available Pinots made from Shae Vineyards fruit. We are also offering a Sampler of six different Pinot noirs from the 2007 vintage made from Shea Vineyards fruit. The wineries include Shea Wine Cellars, Penner-Ash, Raptor Ridge, St. Innocent, and Panther Creek. You save about 13% off retail for the six bottle sampler. If you’d enjoy a bit of a different style tasting, try these six Shea Pinots  together with friends. The wines are remarkably different, and yet all have a “Shea” component in the flavor.

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