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Shea Wine Cellars Estate Pinot Noir 2011
Wafts of violets, cola spice, and fresh red cherries lead into juicy and sweet array of red fruits and touches of blueberry. The 2010 Estate is loaded with bright character, finishing with delectable fruit and a smidgen of grilled herbs. The Estate is Shea's opportunity to showcase the whole vineyard, all of its clones and sections. Drink now with decanting, or hold for up to 6 years. - Marcus
Tanzer 93 points: Bright ruby-red. Lively, spice-accented aromas of red berries, cherry, rose and cola. Sappy and precise, offering vibrant raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of allspice. Finishes with firm grip and sharply focused cherry and Asian spice qualities. This wine's tension suggests that it will reward patience. - J.R.
#9 in Wine Spectator's 2012 Top 100 Wines of the Year
Wine Spectator's HOT WINE for November 25, 2011
2009 Wine Spectator - 94 points - 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. - H.S.
The fruit to make this wine was harvested from throughout Shea Vineyard. The wine has a deep ruby-red color. Beautiful floral notes define the wine's wonderful bouquet. On the palate are flavors of cherry and dark red berry complimented by sweet spices and a rich texture with fine grain tannins. - the winery
2008 Vintage Tasting Notes
Roses, berries, cherries and violets mingle in an intoxicating perfume. Delightful, sweet black raspberry and black cherry flavors are joined a moment later by incense, smoke, and spice. A succulent, lengthy finish adds to this deeply satisfying Pinot that will evolve and offer years of pleasure. - Jean & Marcus
The Shea Estate is a blend from multiple sections of Shea Vineyard, showcasing the diversity of the vineyard.
2008 - Wine Advocate - 92 points - The 2008 Pinot Noir Estate contains fruit from all of the vineyard blocks and clones on the property. Dark ruby red, it displays an inviting bouquet of smoke, spice box, rose petal, incense, black cherry, and black raspberry. This leads to an intense, layered, spicy wine with enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years, excellent volume, and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. It will provide prime drinking from 2012 to 2020. - Jay Miller
2008 Wine Spectator - 91 points - Roses, berries, cherries and violets mingle in an intoxicating perfume. Delightful, sweet black raspberry and black cherry flavors are joined a moment later by incense, smoke, and spice. A succulent, lengthy finish adds to this deeply satisfying Pinot that will evolve and offer years of pleasure. - H.S.
A blend that expresses the overall vineyard containing every clone include Pommard, Wadenswil, and several Dijon clones. Moderately dark robe in the glass. The nose is flush with nuanced aromas including black cherries, ripe strawberries, red licorice, violets, subtle oak, and a few scents I canít describe. The wine kept pumping out these lovely aromas for over an over in the glass. Pretty flavors of dark red and nicely spiced stone fruits and berries and the best grape soda you ever had. Moderately rich, with fine grain tannins, a satiny mouth feel and a pleasing acid lift on the finish. This is a nicely composed elegant wine that is the best Estate bottling from Shea ever. - Rusty Gaffney, Pinotfile
2007 Vintage Tasting Notes
The Shea Wine Cellars Shea Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir 2007 has awesome, effusive aromas of deeply spiced dark raspberries, roses, doug fir forest and hints of violets. A supple initial burst of fruit turns juicy, concealing the fine tannins that linger on the finish with sweet earth. The flavors are still developing, with yummy raspberries and black cherries. An especially sophisticated Shea Estate bottling that will age with ease over the next several years. Highly recommended.
2007 Wine Advocate - 91 points - The 2007 Pinot Noir Estate, a blend of 17 parcels and all of the clones grown on the property. Dark ruby-colored, it offers up a fragrant perfume of smoke, incense, earth notes, black cherry, and black raspberry. On the palate it is already exhibiting complexity with its amalgam of spice notes, succulence, black fruits, and depth. It will evolve for 2-3 years and provide prime drinking from 2011 to 2019. - Jay Miller
2006 Vintage Tasting Notes
Tasting the wine, big sweet fresh fruit and spice flavors herald another vintage of note from Shea. The 2006 offers lots of succulent fruit: fleshy red plum, dried bing cherry, and that sweet red cherry candy aspect characteristic of the Shea Vineyard's Pommmard clone grapes. Dark notes of fresh blueberry and blackberry, qualities of the Wadenswil clone of Pinot noir, show in the finish and give the wine structure. The wine finishes with a note of black fruit creaminess, mingling with white pepper and sweet pie spice.
Even when first opened, the tannins of the 2006 Shea Estate are silky and integrated. After four hours of decanting, tannins are seamless, and nose and flavors have added complexity - scents of herbs, violets and rose petals mingle with an unusually broad collection of fruit flavors. - Jean
Rich, round, robust. Forward aromas of ripe red berries, dressed in pie spice with extra cinnamon, and graham. Two swirls later, black and huckleberries come strolling in. Broad and fleshy, the 06 Estate isn't shy with its red fruits-raspberry, plum, currant and dried cherry-but hides some of the darker flavors of blackberries and blueberries inside a velvet envelope of caramely toast. The sappy finish leaves a melange of red and blue fruit, with a subtle, finely-detailed fresh earth and white pepper accent. - Marcus
2005 Vintage Tasting Notes
Avalon tasting notes: Very impressive. The nose offers raspberry, red cherry, black cherry, black raspberry, toast, and red raspberry jam. Flavors are of red and black cherry, raspberry, and sweet rich fruit.
We're even more excited about the 2005's than we were at this point with the 2004's. A transparency to the flavors is present, allowing layers and layers of intriguing fruit and fascinating spice/incense/perfume notes. The finish is long and reiterates the flavors, adding a sense of silky tannins and velvety lushness to the experience.
There's less sense of barrel toast and more sense of integration in the 2005 than there was in the 2004 at this point in its development. Integration, intensity, and complexity are all words that come to mind in describing this wine.
2-23-07 - Wine Spectator's Harvey Steiman, in his wine blog, drank the 2005 Estate at a restaurant and had this to say about it: "...our waiter (at Roaring Fork, in Scottsdale, AZ) pointed us toward the Pinot Noir he declared was his favorite: Shea Vineyard Estate 2005, an Oregon wine I have not yet rated (though I gave the 2004 a 95-point score).
Shea's style is fruit-centered, and the 2005 vintage (like the 2004) represents a more typical, balanced character than the results of the hotter years that preceded it. The wine has rich cherry and raspberry character, plus some nice hints of vanilla and cream, but no overt oak. Those are good signs, because oak and alcohol can react badly to peppery heat.
2004 Vintage Tasting Notes
Shea Estate Pinot noir 04 is intense in both scent and flavor. It's a gloriously aromatic Pinot, with violets and rose petals wafting through the wine. Starting with the scent of toasted cocoa and coffee beans, this wine explodes with aromas of classic red cherry and black cherry, red raspberry, blueberry, all underlaid by the scent of sweet violets. Flavors of classic blackberry, black raspberry, blueberry, and soft hints of cinnamon and clove are followed by rich cassis and black plum notes, and tantalizing hints of violets and rose petals, again. The finish is very long, and most pleasing. Drinking well now with decanting, this wine has a fresh acidity and silky, a bit gripping tannins that call for cellaring 3-6 years for continued enjoyment. - Avalon
2004 Wine Spectator - 95 points - Lithe, supple and expressive, offering layers and layers of white pepper-accented currant and cherry, with a mineral note that adds depth and distinction. Broad and open-textured, lasting beautifully on the finish against superfine tannins. Best from 2007 through 2016. 1,200 cases made. - H.S.
2003 Vintage Tasting Notes
Aromas of Bing cherries, purple floral notes and fresh tilled earth. Flavors of black raspberries, minerals and roasted spices. This Pinot is made from grapes carefully selected from throughout Shea Vineyard. It is already quite accessible and showing layers of flavor normally not revealed until Shea wines have another full year of bottle age.
This Pinot Noir is a blend from vines carefully selected throughout the vineyard. It is a big, rich wine that is representative of Shea Vineyard and this wonderful vintage. A great value.
2002 Vintage Tasting Notes
The Shea Estate Pinot noir 02 is a supple and elegant wine, with deep hints of smoke and toast on the nose, and mocha/char notes in the flavors of blackberry, black plum, dark cherry, and minerals. A long finish is ripe and appealing.