2014 Shea Wine Cellars "West Hill" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1280146 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 This chocolatey sexy wine tastes of cherries and sandalwood, with a strong dark chocolate note. A hint of pine needles comes out in the bouquet, and although it’s already drinking well, it will surely improve with a few more years of bottle age. (PG)  (6/2017)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 A bit richer and riper than is the Oregon norm and a wine of considerable concentration, Shea’s West Hill bottling is a moderately full-bodied, well-structured Pinot that teases with a bit of suppleness on entry before firming and getting a touch tough in the latter-going, but unhesitant, black cherry fruit is at the forefront throughout. It is a wine with plenty of potential, its obvious richness notwithstanding, and it needs to be set aside for another three to five years in order to grow into its best.  (3/2017)

K&L Notes

Neal Martin raves about Shea Wine Cellars: "Perhaps it was on this trip to Oregon that I really appreciated the quality of Dick Shea’s vineyard, whose fruit, which tends to ripen earlier than others, is highly sought after. I began to notice how various producers’ Shea Vineyard bottlings often stood out as one of the best, therefore when it came to visiting Shea Wine Cellars itself, my expectations were high. I was not disappointed...Dick, together with winemaker Blair Trathen, has teased out wonderfully nuanced Pinot Noir that are going to offer great pleasure over the next decade."

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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Oregon

- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.8