2014 Penner-Ash Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard

Year: 2014
Appellation: Willamette Valley
Country: USA - Oregon
Wine Advocate: 92
James Suckling: 95
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.2%
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"The 2014 Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard, which contains a little whole cluster bunches, has fine lift on the nose; in my mind, this a step up from other vineyards with hints of menthol infusing the vivid red berry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip in the mouth, tea leaves and bay leaf infusing the black berries and bilberries, adorned with a subtle marine-influenced finish coming through on the satisfying finish. Maybe the pick from Penner-Ash this year - the Shea Vineyard showing its pedigree here." (WA)

"Aromas of tar and asphalt with strawberry and cherry character. Smokey. Full-bodied, chewy and polished with beautiful tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Complex. Drink or hold." (JS)

"In this much-celebrated well-ripened vintage, the Shea designate has a pleasingly soft entry. The lush persistent flavors of black-cherry and blackberry fruit are streaked with vanilla, tobacco and cola highlights. Drink now and over the next four to five years." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Savory notes of sweet earth mixed with rich cherry greet your nose, as summer ripened blueberry layered with hints of dark brown sugar pull you into the palette, where dried Mediterranean herbs and red dirt, slowly meld into the underlying fine tannins accented by classic notes of blackberry and cassis.