Shea Vineyard 2006 Pinot noirs
Oregon winemakers line up to purchase Shea Vineyards fruit. The list of highly rated wines made from the 200 acre property in the North Willamette Valley of Oregon includes a 97 point (Wine Advocate) Pinot noir and many 90-95 point wines.
Shea VIneyard Pinot noir grapes are used to create many of Oregon's best wines. The Shea 2006 Pinots, from Shea Wine Cellars, St Innocent, Boedecker, and Stevenson Barrie are some of the best of the 2006 vintage, with intense aromatics, big juicy black fruit, and a rich, forward, ready to drink quality balanced by good acidity.
A warm growing season gifted Oregon wineries with big, sweet fruit that evolved into plush, silky-smooth, Pinot noirs. The 06's are rich and forward, wines you can take home and enjoy.
At right, Vineyard Manager Javier Marin
The Stevenson Barrie Shea Vineyard Pinot noir 06 is the most red fruited and integrated of Michael's three 2006 Pinots. Michael first made Pinot noir from Shea Vineyard in 1998, and his experience with the vineyard shows.
Scents of lavender and lilac, characteristic of Shea Vineyard, perfume the nose of the Shea 06. The characteristic Shea juicy red cherry and red berry flavors explode on the nose and palate followed by hints of asian spice, clove and cardamom.
Retasting the wine several hours after decanting, the Shea Pinot opens expansively, with intensifying scents and flavors. An undercurrent of structure and earth anchors the wine and suggests cellaring.
This Pinot is very reminiscent of the Shea Wine Cellars "Pommard". Youthful, the wine has good body and ageing characteristics.
Stunningly well priced -- A bargain!
More About Stevenson Barrie
Michael Stevenson's day job is winemaker for Panther Creek Cellars. Michael's personal label, Stevenson Barrie, offers Pinot noirs rarely found out of state, selling to local Oregon restaurants and a close-mouthed group of loyal fans. Rarely submitted for reviews, the 700 or so cases of Stevenson Barrie Pinot noir made annually disappear quickly.
Michael says he makes Pinot noirs that are "vintage and site specific- that's what's most important to me."
Michael describes the 2006 vintage: "while warm, the 2006 vintage was not exposed to the hot drying eastern winds that plagued the '03 and '04 vintages. The result is fully ripe fruit with perfect balance."
The St. Innocent Shea Vineyard Pinot noir 06 impresses with its intense, fruit-driven, flavor-laden, big-bodied nature. The color is a dark, saturated garnet-ruby, and texturally, the wine is fleshy and concentrated. As with the beSt. 2006 Oregon Pinot noirs, this is a succulent, opulent wine, immediately impressive and well worth cellaring.
In keeping with the Shea Vineyard style, the St. Innocent Shea Vineyard Pinot noir 06 is velvety smooth with dense notes of earth, pipe tobacco and fresh ripe blackberries. Supple layers of boysenberry and wild cherry add to the melange of rich flavors. Mark Vlossak consistently produces one of Avalon's favorite Shea Vineyard bottlings.
Winemaker Mark Vlosak says: "This Shea is a dark ruby color. Its nose is layered with dark spices, wild flowers and black fruit aromas with hints of tar and wet earth. You are immediately struck with the intensity of dark sweet fruit and very intense raspberry extract flavors. Texturally this wine is extremely dense, in keeping with the essential nature of '06 Oregon Pinot noirs with loads of sweet, ripe tannins. This is a powerhouse wine dressed in Escada. A soft and fresh acidity carries the bright fruit layers into the finish. I expect it to develop for more than a decade
Scents of sweet spice, black cherry, and graham fill your glass of Boedecker Cellars' Shea Vineyard Pinot noir 06. Tasting the wine, intense sweet blackberry, black cherry and spicy vanilla bean circle around a characteristic "Shea" quality of sweet cherry hard candy. An undercurrent of fresh tobacco and dark toast appear as the wine's flavors linger in your mouth.