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2006 Auteur Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: Auteur Wines   details
Appellation: Willamette Valley - Oregon - United States (AVA)
Type: red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Outstanding
Est. Price: US$70.00
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Tasting Notes:
tasted: February 12, 2015 , Lena Lamel
92 points "1st night still very fruit intense, although this is a very complex wine. Second night, could really taste spice box/tea which made it much more pleasurable. I will wait one more year to let this settle in." Best 2016-2019
rated: October 12, 2007 , Winemakers Tasting Notes
"Our Shea is harvested from the fabled Back Block of Shea Vineyard, the only other producer to get this fruit is the owner, Dick Shea. The soil is characterized by shallow sedimentary Willakenzie topsoil over fractured sandstone subsoil. These soils tend to display darker fruit with concentrated blackberry and plum highlighted with notes of earth, pepper and minerals. 2006 is the most opulent of our Shea Vineyard Pinot’s to date. The exceptional 2006 Oregon vintage finished with beautiful, warm, dry weather. The fruit was harvested October 1st, 2006 at optimal ripeness. To maximize our fruit concentration, we selectively farmed to one cluster per shoot, totaling a reserved, 1.75 tons per acre. Color and tannin generously bled into the juice, immediately in the fermenter, well before onset of fermentation, allowing extraction to be achieved with minimal handling. Again, what we find amazing is that even in this riper style, the Shea soils continue to shine through as the inherent personality of the wine. Rich, supple and graceful with explosive aromas of blackberry and bright cherry, perfumed with minerality, cinnamon stick and lavender oil with distinct loam undertones. An expressive, open textured palate is layered with succulent sweet garnet fruit with accents of peppercorn and spice. The refined and lithe tannins last beautifully with a poised and polished finish."
rated: October 18, 2007 , Vinfolio
100 points "On the heels of the stunning 2005 Auteur Shea Vineyard, the 2006 takes the taster to yet another level of purity and intensity. The first wine to achieve back to back 100 point scores from Vinfolio. The winery’s total production of 2006 Shea is 313 cases. Tasted over 48 hours, the wine continued to unfold revealing a complex interwoven mosaic: Lavender, cola, licorice with rich shadings of cherry and chocolate in the nose. The palate is abundantly smooth, richly sculpted lavender infused chocolate, plum and cherry. The finish is luxurious violet-hued, undulating Superfly velvet that lasts for nearly a minute. " Best 2008-2014
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