Wine Review: 2010 Shea Vineyards Estate Yamhill Oregon Pinot Noir

Wine Review: 2010 Shea Vineyards Pinot Noir, Yamhill, Oregon

Shea Vineyards Pinot Noir: After tasting so many versions of Pinot noir made by various producers who buy Dick Shea’s fruit, it was nice to finally drink some wine he made. Besides being one of the premier viticulturalists in Willamette Valley, Dick Shea makes some mighty fine wine.

The growing season for 2010 in Willamette Valley brought some unusual challenges. It was extremely cool and the ravages of migratory birds brought record low yields but the flip side of that tragedy was good fruit concentration. Brilliant color and aromas that will lift your spirits also make this wine hard to stand by patiently waiting while the flavors unwind and develop.

Characteristically accurate for Yamhill-Carlton fruit, the aromas of the Shea Vineyards Pinot noir exhibit red fruit and a hint of red floral notes. Structure and balance are qualities that exemplify Shea Vineyards wines and this vintage holds true to those traits. Flavors are intense red raspberry, decadent cherrylisciousness and allspice. The finish is sensual and has some oomph showcasing balanced fine grained tannins. This wine is big enough to expand the usual food pairings beyond fowl, salmon and pork. Roasted or grilled beef or wild game will work well with the Shea Vineyards Pinot noir. There is a good potential for aging with this wine but it is enjoyable now.

Rating: Excellent (91) | $40 | 14.8% ABV


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  1. Jeremy F. October 5, 2012 at 9:13 PM - Reply

    Completely agree — Who doesn’t love fruit from Shea vineyards! So many producers source fruit from this legendary vineyard, and I understand why. The wines are so complex, supple and delicious.

    • enobytes October 10, 2012 at 5:38 PM - Reply

      I couldn’t have said it better myself, cheers Jeremy.

      • Jeremy F. October 10, 2012 at 8:19 PM - Reply

        I’ve had my share of Shea fruit so I’m an advocate to spread the word!

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