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Historical Tasting Notes Archive: 2004 Shea

Bergstrom's 2004 Pinots continue to be released, with the Bergstrom Shea 04 available this week. It's Josh's favorite wine of the vintage, and it's a lucullan, lavish, plush, luxuriant wine, a different and original take on Shea fruit, with good acidity and tannins structuring one of the biggest Oregon Pinots around, from any vintage. It's a cellar selection, for wine collectors who seek out the very best from each vintage and don't mind cellaring a wine for the most impressive results.
http://www.northwest-wine.com/Bergstrom-Pinot-noir-shea.html

This is Bergstrom's second Shea Pinot- the 2003, while a lovely wine, was Josh's first experience with Shea fruit, and the vintage was a tough one, with a tendency to high alcohol in wines made from fruit verging on over-ripeness. Not so the 2004. The 2004 vintage was small, but the fruit was choice, prized for its tiny grapes full of intense flavors.

The 2004 Bergstrom Shea reminds one of the Bergstrom Arcus 03 (Wine Spectator 95 points) - Josh no longer has access to the Arcus Vineyard fruit, and this Shea Vineyard wine proves a worthy successor to it. it's as opulent and powerful as the Arcus 03, with more of an emphasis on black cherry and deep red fruit flavors than the Arcus's currant and blackberry flavors. Aromas of griotte cherries, rose petals, black raspberries, decadent baking spices (cinnamon, clove, vanilla), and a nice dollop of creamy toasty oak are accompanied by a "shot silk" mouthfeel which is lifted by great acidity and sound structure for further ageing. 

Less than 200 cases of this 2004 vintage wine were made from a very special 7 acre block of the covetted East side of the Shea Vineyard. This is down from 400 cases of the 2003, and the decrease in harvest size greatly increased the intensity of scent and flavor. The wine's balanced acidity and tannic structure make this a wine to lay down for longterm cellaring. While the wine is a delight right now, the patient collector will enjoy this beauty for 8-12 years.

Bergstrom Pinot noir Shea Vineyard 04 $49.45/$54.95
http://www.northwest-wine.com/Bergstrom-Pinot-noir-shea.html

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For those of us who'd like to start enjoying the Bergstrom 2004 wines a bit sooner than the Shea will be ready to drink, this is the last call for last week's featured Pinot, the
Bergstrom Pinot noir "Cumberland Reserve" 2004 $31.46/$34.95
http://www.northwest-wine.com/bergstrom-winery-pinot-noir-cumberland.html
The wine is still available, with extended tasting notes from Josh and Avalon now online at the link above.

Josh says: "The Cumberland Reserve is our proprietary blend of Pinot Noir, hailing from the Hyland Vineyard, the Bergstrom Vineyard, the de Lancellotti Vineyard and Palmer Creek Vineyard, showcasing fruit from four different soil types and appellations (McMinnville, Dundee Hills, Chehalem Mountains, and Eola Hills respectively.) The grapes from these vineyards are harvested, fermented and barrel aged separately and then married together after 11 months of ageing in 50% new French oak cooperage (Francois Freres, Meyrieux and Sirugue coopers.)"

"As always, the Hyland Vineyard’s old vines are the base wine with intense perfume, concentration and tannic structure. The Cumberland Reserve is meant to showcase a rustic style of Pinot Noir reminiscent of older Oregon vintages, using mostly Pommard and Wadenswil clone vines to create structure and intensity. The wine is then softened and lifted with additions of Dijon clone selections from the younger vine blocks from the other vineyards to make this wine more accessible in its youth while still retaining great ageability."

At $31.46, it's Bergstrom's real deal of the 2004 vintage. Production was down by 40% from last year, and increased intensity and complexity are the rewards.

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Read Josh Bergstrom's comments on the 2004 vintage here:
http://www.northwest-wine.com/bergstrom-winery.html
He says: "The 2004 Vintage was bizarre from the very get go, starting actually in 2003 with one of the hottest and driest years on record, so the vines roots were lacking water for the beginning of the 2004 season. The winter was marked with the extremes of mild warm spells and frigid ice storms........" (continued on the linked page above).

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As long as we're talking Pinot noir, it's last call for the
Sineann Pinot noir"Resonance" 04 $43.16/$47.95
http://www.northwest-wine.com/sineann-pinot-noir-resonance.html

Last year, Wine Spectator gave the 2003 vintage 94 points, so it's flying out the door. This vintage, the better, smaller harvest allowed Peter to make a wine every bit as succulent as the 03, with more structure for cellaring. It's full of deeply plummy richness, with hints of violets and toasted coffee bean in the nose, and a gamey, wild character through the flavors and into the luxuriant finish. A few of the bottles are closed with the new glass corks. If you'd like some of this wine, it's a good idea to go ahead and order now, only a few hundred cases were made.

Personally, I'd buy the Sineann Old Vine Zinfandel 04 $32.39/$35.99 this week. It's "one of America's finest Zins" according to the Guyot guides. Less than 400 cases were made, and it's still available from Avalon.
http://www.northwest-wine.com/sineann-zinfandel.html

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I'm soooo ready to start writing about the Shea Wine Cellars 2004 Pinot noirs, but that's for next month (have to restrain myself). Let's just say, Sam Tannahill is one heck of a winemaker (he used to make wine at Archery Summit), and he's worked with the Shea fruit now for six years, and the grapes produced from Shea in 2004 were some of the best ever. Have to stop, hold me back, I can't start gushing --- yet.

Best regards,

Jean, Marcus, Chris, Kevin, and Wendy

Jean Yates
Owner
Avalon Wine
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(working his tail off right now, with weather cooling down
and all those cellared orders going out)
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