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2018 Hundred Suns "Shea Vineyard" Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir

SKU #1474065 95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This has a very fresh, attractive nose with roses and violets, as well as boysenberries, red cherries and a savory, stony edge. Some sappy nuances, too. The palate is very succulent and has strikingly fresh red berries and cherries, underscored with vibrant acidity and a very uplifting, dynamic finish. A richer vintage, made in a fresher style, works very well here. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (1/2020)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "The 2018 vintage gave us lower yields, but the generous sunshine perfectly and evenly ripened our small block of Shea. Picked on the 29th of September, the grapes were separated into two lots: one 50% whole bunch and the other completely destemmed. All wines were fermented with native yeast and no sulfur until after malolactic fermentation. Blended together, these two lots express vivid, fresh red fruit, silky textures, and unique layers of warm baking spices. Gravity bottled unfined and unfiltered. Vineyard: In the late 1980s, Dick and Deirdre Shea planted what is now one of Willamette Valley’s most esteemed and iconic vineyards. Our 1 acre block of Dijon Clone 777 sits at 450 feet on a south/southwest exposure. Dry farmed and meticulously maintained, this warm southern slope in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA sits on sedimentary soil atop ancient sandstone."

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/29/2020 | Send Email
Shea Vineyard is undisputedly a Grand Cru site in the Willamette Valley. For decades this vineyard has been a benchmark of quality, consistency, and age-ability. The list of producers who produce a vineyard designate "Shea" is long and formidable. Hundred Suns' parcel at Shea is a small block of pure 777 dijon clone Pinot Noir. This warm, southwest facing block has endowed the resulting wine with rich, ripe, red fruit characters, spiced cherry, raspberry coulis, elderberry. It's broad and weighty on the palate with big concentration and density, however Grant's finessed use of whole cluster fermentation adds a nice element of spice and spine of fillagreed tannin to the mid-palate's ample fruit. This is a wine that will have a fantastically broad drinking window. There's plenty to love right now but I'm confident this will go 20 years in the cellar too.
Drink from 2020 to 2040

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