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Shea Pinot Noir Block 7 Willamette Valley 2011
USA >Oregon >Willamette
(RP=92) From steeply situated, southerly-facing Wadenswil vines on the east side of his property, Shea’s 289 cases of 2011 Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard Block 7 weighs in at 13.6% alcohol, i.e. on the high side for the present collection, and received two-thirds new wood. Lovely overtones of wisteria and violet mingle with smoky black tea and humus as well as scents of dark cherry and cassis that then manifest themselves with lusciously ripe, chocolate tinged juiciness on a finely tannic palate. The complexity promised on the nose – even that of floral effusion – is redeemed in a long finish free of any oak interference but tingling with energy and subtle tartness that spell “2011.” This beauty ought to be well worth returning to through 2022.
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