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2005 Shea Wine Cellars "Homer" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1031612 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark From multiple blocks but only two vine variants (Wadenswil and Dijon Clone 115), the Shea Cellars 2005 Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard Homer, while nearly all destemmed, benefited from using new machinery to retain a high percentage of whole berries, as well as from a newly installed wooden fermentor; and it was matured in 80% new oak which, as in other installments of this barrel-select cuvee, hasn’t left an especially obvious, let alone detrimental, impression. The wine’s youthfully deep, blue-edged robe corresponds with an abundance of lightly cooked cassis, blackberry, and dark cherry tinged with camphor, black tea, iris, and violet. Some oxidative hints of leather and underbrush creep in that I didn’t anticipate from the youthful color, but this simply adds to the wine’s complexity. Inner quote mark (8/2012)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Supple and open in texture, with lively currant and mineral flavors that float nicely over the finish, lingering well. The tannins get a bit tight as the finish proceeds. Best after 2008. Inner quote mark (9/2007)

K&L Notes

According to Wine Advocate: "After a decade spent planting and establishing the reputation for their today 200-acre vineyard - located west of Newberg, near to where the current A.V.A.s of Chehalem Mountain, Ribbon Ridge, Yamhill-Carlton, and Dundee Hills all come to within two miles of touching one another - in 1996, New Yorkers Dick and Deirdre Shea decided to take up year-round Oregon residence and began estate-bottling some of their fruit, relying on support from local enological luminaries, including Ken Wright and Patricia Green, before officially hiring a dedicated winemaker in 2003." (08/2012)

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