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Friday, January 08, 2016

2008 Shea Wine Cellars Shea Vineyard Block 31

Shea Wine Cellars is definitely one of the very best wineries in Oregon. Their Pinot's capture a ripeness and expression of the grape that only a few select producers in the Willamette can achieve. 

The "Block 31" bottling is a blend of 70% Pommard and 30% Wadenswil fruit clones that were harvested from Block 31 that is located on the west hill of Shea Vineyard. It's barrel aged in 57% new french oak.

On the nose I get black fruit aromas, earth and mineral, black cherry, blueberry, and a hint of toast. The wine is tightly woven and you get the sense that with about five years in the cellar it will improve massively in terms of complexity. 

On the palate the wine expresses generous flavors of ripe black cherry, black plum, nutmeg, spice, and a touch of toast. The acidity is sharp and wine is very well structured. I can see this wine being something spectacular in 4-5 years, but right now the wine is a bit tight and not completely in harmony. 92 points

 
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