2016 Broadley "Shea Vineyard" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $40)

SKU #1411316 94 points Vinous

 Vivid red. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red berries, baking spices and potpourri; hints of candied rose and rhubarb emerge with aeration. Juicy black raspberry and boysenberry flavors slowly stretch out and become sweeter and deeper on the back half. Shows excellent clarity and floral thrust on the impressively persistent finish, which is supported by harmonious tannins that fold quickly into the lingering, sappy fruit. (JR)  (6/2019)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 A lot of Oregon vintners are eager to get on Shea's customer list, and this bottle is as good an example as any why that's the case. A striking mix of cranberry, strawberry, raspberry and marionberry flavors, it also sports a firm seam of stem and earth. The tannins are smooth and polished, with the pleasantly drying mouthfeel of tea. (PG)  (3/2019)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 While the nose was certainly restrained, aggressive swirling eventually liberates elegant and pure aromas of essence of both red and dark raspberry, spice and a floral hint. The mouth feel of the middle weight flavors is sleeker if a bit less muscular and robust than most examples of Shea though the typical firm tannins are sufficiently prominent to make clear that this is going to require at least moderate cellaring will be required. There is a touch of warmth though it's reasonably low key and not enough to really disturb the overall sense of balance. *Outstanding*  (10/2018)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Generous and well-built, with floral black cherry, stony mineral and orange peel flavors that take on momentum toward big but refined tannins. (TF)  (8/2018)

K&L Notes

Broadley is a 100% family owned/operated vineyard and winery established in 1981 located in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Their first vintage was 1986. The estate vineyard is farmed using sustainable farming practices and they use organic material to promote healthy growth in their vines. Sustainability is a part of how they run their winery. Owned by Dick and Deirdre Shea. Shea is one of the most respected growing sites for Pinot Noir in the NW. The sedimentary soils at Shea give a new terroir to work with, and a new expression of the Broadley style. Drink now thru 2026

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By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2019 | Send Email
This is beautiful Pinot Noir, something that Broadley excels at. The nose has layers of delicate mix berries and fruit, spice, and a touch of earthiness. The palate is medium-light bodied, elegant and long. It gives all of those aromas a canvas to play out over and over. This wine delivers everything that I want from a Pinot.

By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/22/2019 | Send Email
If you're looking for a singular terroir driven pinot from the Yamhill Carlton for an outstanding price, look no further than the Shea Vineyard from Broadley. Bright, approachable and with subtle hints of that jory soiled earthiness. One could say it's Burgundian in style, but I wanna say this is just a damn fine expression of Oregon in general. The 2016 is beautifully executed and truly one of my favorite pinots I've had this years. Grab a bottle or two, or three. You will not be disappointed.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/21/2019 | Send Email
The nose of this wine shows lots of focused fruit, vibrant, dark and spicy. On the palate it is full of clean, crunchy fruit, cranberry texture with raspberry flavors, some tannin but mostly you feel the limestone origins, that central, focused acid. A very complex wine for the price and while drinkable now I’d put some away to watch its’ evolution. Excellent value from one of Oregon’s best vineyards.

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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.

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.


- 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.