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Professional Ratings: 94 The Wine Advocate
Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Item no. 95524
"The 2006 Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard is a candidate for Shea of the vintage as well as my choice in this portfolio. It is the richest, most concentrated, and complex as well as the best balanced, nicely concealing enough structure to evolve for 4-5 years, about as much as one can expect from this vintage. It should be at its best from 2012 to 2021."
This Shea is a dark ruby color. Its nose is layered with dark spices, wildflowers 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. It should develop for more than a decade.