This had a deep, rich, fragrant bouquet of smoke, burnt wood, black cherry, cola, sassafras and spice aromas. The palate was rich, ripe and dry with flavors of burnt toast, black cherry, blackberry, cola and spice.
Super extracted and a layer of pruney/oxidized flavors. No other experience with Ken Wright/Shea, so I don't know if this is the way the wine should be (if so, meh), or a flawed nomacorc (damn plastic corks). Cellared well since release, so it's not a storage issue. Not great.
Decanted for 2 hours and enjoyed with salmon and roasted potatoes with bacon...exquisite!! Nice effort from Ken Wright. Shea vineyard delivers nice complexity with Bing cherries. Acidity a bit strong but not overpowering.
Was a good not great bottle. Very nice fruit on the nose and had a nice feel on the front of the tong but not much of a finish. I have had this in the past and enjoyed this bottle much less than in the past. at this price point can not afford to not be consistent. My two cents...
Shea Tasting (Kevin's House): Cranberry, rose petals, dust and blueberries. A lot of wood up front and firm tannins. Over 3 hours it opened up and added a nice perfume element on the palate. Should get better. 93-94.
OR Pinot Tasting ~ Shea Vineyard Focus (Kevin's House): Nose: Perfumy with saddle leather aromas. Very cool nose. Palate: Good acidity from youth with red fruits and prominent spice. Medium length finish. This one took a while to open up but was worth the wait. Very nice with a good life ahead. My #2 WOTN and 92+ points.
Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir Mini Offline (Rocknroller's (Kevin's)): Medium dark red. This had about an hour decant, it was noticeably lighter than the '05. This wine is clearly quite young, and evolved nicely over an hour and a half. The nose had distinct florals, earth, black cherry, with more spice and a wood. This is well balanced and fairly elegant on the palate with medium weight. There is a nice core of black cherry and some raspberry in the background, spice and wood, with a nice finish and some prominent tannins. This is drinking well with some air and should improve over 2-3 years. My and group #2 WOTN.
Lovely but still very young. The 2009 Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir explodes in Christmas spice, blueberries and a subtle but very present tone of wet tobacco leaves. It is still very young and a bit tight, though I am sure it will turn into a beauty in the future. Highly recommended. (Score is 92-94)
Dinner with Lasse (My place): Medium red color. Compote of strawberry and rhubarb, and licorice on the full-throttle nose. Jammy, juicy red fruit on the palate, with loads of concentrated and intense strawberry, rhubarb and cherry, followed by licorice and chew tobacco on the finish. Great length.
Opened the 09 Guadalupe, McCrone and Shea bottlings side by side to see how they were doing, this was in my opinion the easiest to drink right now. It's not as complex as the McCrone and is a bit more straight-forward and up front with it's flavors, and the structure here is balanced well with the intensity of the fruit where as the Guadalupe and McCrone were not balanced at this point. This could still use another 6 months in the bottle as it is obviously very young, but if I had the choice between the three I would chose this one.