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Shea Pinot noir Estate 04
#15 in Wine Spectator Top 100!
New 2005 Estate Released for Ordering

2004 Shea Estate received 95 points from Wine Spectator and now, it's been named # 15 of Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of the Year. It's recognition that is well earned and due.

The Shea Estate 2004 that received the great scores above is SOLD OUT, however, we are pleased to announce that the new 2005 Shea Estate has been released and will ship in January. If you'd like some, it's time to order. We're anticipating the wine selling out within a month.

About the 2005 Shea Estate Pinot noir

It's finally here- our first 2005 vintage offering from Shea Vineyards' own label, Shea Wine Cellars. Here are tasting notes for the 2005 Estate, a review of what happened with the 2004's, and a bit of information about the rest of the Shea Vineyards 2005 Pinot noir releases.

Shea Wine Cellars Estate Pinot noir 05 $40.50/$45.00
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. The finish is long and reiterates the flavors, adding a sense of silky tannins and velvety lushness to the experience.

Shea Wine Cellars Estate Pinot noir 2005As the wine opens in the glass, or with decanting, more dark fruit, intense spice notes, and hints of a meaty, dark toast emerge. While tasting, the sense of exotic spices and incense in the finish increases with time.

We're even more excited about the 2005 Estate than we were at this point with the 2004. 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. A transparency to the flavors is present, allowing layers and layers of intriguing fruit and fascinating spice/incense/perfume notes to show through. Integration, intensity, and complexity are all words that come to mind in describing this wine.

We don't want to confuse the 2004 ratings with our tasting notes for the 2005,
so here's the info on the 2004's, separated from the 2005 info.

How the Shea Wine Cellars 2004's Did

If you are not familiar with the Shea Wine Cellars Pinot noirs, they might have come to your attention when they were reviewed by Wine Spectator this fall.

Scores for 2004 Shea Pinot noirs
Shea Estate 04 $38 Wine Spectator 95 pts
& #15 in Top 100
Shea Homer 04 $75 Wine Spectator 95 pts
Shea East Hill 04 $42

Wine Spectator 94 pts

Shea Wadenswil 04 $48 Wine Spectator 93 pts
Shea Block 23 $48 Wine Spectator 90 pts

We wrote very extensive, In depth tasting notes on all of the 2004's.
Watch our emails and the website as we'll be posting the same kind of information for this vintage as the2005 wines are released.

The 2004's are completely sold out.

About the Shea 2005 Releases

Shea VineyardThe Shea VIneyards 2005 Pinot noirs are somewhat different than the 2004 offerings.

There is no Block 23. The part of the vineyard called Block 23 is now so damaged by Phyloxera that it has been replanted, and will be unavailable for several years. This reduced the
amount of wine that Shea made in 2005.

A new blend released. Shea Pommard Pinot noir 05 was made, although in very limited amounts. More was made in 2006. It's a lovely, very "forward" wine, with the classic sweet red fruit and berry flavors
that characterize the Pommard clone.

Slight changes in pricing. Some prices stayed the same, some went up a bit.

Release dates are not set. The Shea Estate 05 is the only wine that is scheduled, and it's going to ship after January 1, 2007, except for members of the Avalon Reserve Pinot noir Club, who will receive the Shea Estate 05 as part of the combined November/December shipment, shipping around December 15th. We'll be announcing the other wines are the release dates are set.

The estimates of release time in the table below is ours, and are not guaranteed. Dick and Dierdre Shea and winemaker Chris Mazepink will determine the release dates. These are just our estimates, given what they've done in the past, and what we thought of the wines' status when tasted last week.

The 2005 Shea Pinot noirs
Shea Estate 05 $45 January 1, 2007
Shea Homer 05 $75 lovely - Q2 or Q3 2007?
Shea East Hill 05 $45

quite forward- Q1 2007?

Shea Wadenswil 05 $52 still tight - Q3 2007?
Shea Pommard 05 $48 quite forward - Q1-2 2007?

We'll reserve 2005s from our allocation for you
if you want to let us know what you'd like to order upon release. You can let us know the wines you'd like and we'll take it from there, making sure you don't miss the release date. We'll contact you when the wines are close to release and make arrangements for shipping or cellaring.

More to Come

Watch the Avalon website, there's several articles about to be published about the Shea 2005's and the 2006's as well. If you have questions, please feel free to call or email Jean or Marcus. We love to talk about the Shea wines!

If you're planning to come to our Annual Wine Club Tasting the day after Thanksgiving, There's a good chance we'll be tasting at least one of the 2005's as well as a 2004 Shea Pinot noir.

If we may help with an order, please let us know.
We're available by phone at 541-752-7418
from 8 AM Pacific time until 5 PM Pacific time,
Monday through Saturday,
and we answer email on Sundays.

Thanks for your support -
we appreciate your orders and your suggestions.
Our customers always give us our best ideas!

Marcus, Chris, Kevin, and Wendy, and Jean

Avalon Wine
201 SW 2nd Street
Corvallis OR 97333

Marcus Looze

Chris Haggerty
Customer Service

Jean Yates
541-424-8004 (direct line)

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