St. Innocent Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2016
Shea Vineyard (actually two plots split by a ravine) is known for producing long-lived wines with exceptional Oregon terroir and this bottle: lighter and elegant but well structured, the kind of wine that's in great drinking shape now but with the depth to age another 10yrs, makes me agree.
The density of aromas of the 2016 Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard are apparent before your nose even reaches the glass. Compellingly rich dark flowers, berries, sweet herbs and cassis slowly fill your mouth. It is beautifully balanced given the intensity of the savory fruit and spice flavors arrayed across your mid-palate. The tannins are dense yet still well rounded and enhanced by just the right touch of acidity. It is gratifying that this ripe site in this warm vintage has many dimensions that will reveal themselves as it ages.
Rated 93 points by Wine Spectator.
A Wine Guy Selection