Shea Wine Cellars Block 7 Pinot Noir 2010
Shea Wine Cellars
This wine shows the beautiful, distinctive floral notes of Wädenswil grown at Shea. It has a big, earthy, brambly character with overlays of blackberry on the palate. Wonderful spice notes of pepper and clove complete this assertive wine.
Polished, vibrant and spicy, with layers of clove, tea leaf and orange peel surrounding the taut cherry and raspberry flavors, lingering easily against refined tannins on a medium-weight frame. Drink now through 2017.Score: 92. —Harvey Steiman, December 31, 2012.
From a steep, south-facing stand of pure Wadenswil Selection, and - like all of the their current block bottlings save #31 - matured in around 60% new barrels, the Shea Cellars 2010 Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard Block 7 is single-mindedly black-fruited from nose to (long) tail. The Sheas like the word "brambly" for this, and while I find that term ambiguous, in respect to the sense of berry seed impingement and satisfying interplay of woody and concentrated blackberry and elderberry flavors, their chosen adjective may well make sense to you. There are also undertones of roasted red meat pan drippings, moss, and crushed stone; subtly saline savor; and a peppery bite, all of which turn the long finish into a fascinating excursion and the compulsion to revisit, which one should delight in doing over at least the next dozen years. The balance between invigorating impingement and underlying tannic polish is little short of uncanny. Just as many growers from the Swiss homeland of Wadenswil are rediscovering, this old form of Pinot is quite capable of delivering stand-alone profundity.Score: 92. —David Schildknecht, August 2012.
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