The 2004 Shea 'Homer' Willamette Pinot Noir is well within its drinking window, perhaps in the waning daylight of its splendor. Beautifully complex aromas of forest floor, damp leaves, truffles, mushroom, black cherries, and spice. On the palate, its medium-bodied with gorgeous concentration of fruit, and an energetic jolt of nervy acidity, making for a lovely Pinot that is intense without being weighty. Notes of cocoa powder, raspberry reduction and leather lead to a lengthy finish.
Drink very nicely, would say it is time to drink up. Don't see it getting much better, 2nd of 3 bottles. One left to go. Very elegant, silky wine, with nice fruit. Would say 2004 was one of our favorite vintages but we enjoyed the East Hill a little more than the homer, a little more staying power too.
A very big Willamette Pinot, reminding me of some CA Pinot Noir. Bouquet of spice, lavender, oak, mocha, cherries and subtle tar. The finish is predominantly dark fruit - plumbs, berry and currants. There is a touch of kirsch-like quality to this wine (as opposed to "heat" in an over-extracted high alcohol wine), but I think that will dissipate with age. The patience paid off with this one!
Thanksgiving Weekend in Willamette; 11/25/2005-11/27/2005 (Willamette Valley OR): Tasting at Shea Open house. Super concentrated fruit - showing blackberry on both nose and palate, with just a hint of florals. Intense black fruit with some very good structure to support it. This has some upside to be a better wine than I'm assessing today - if more spice emergees from behind the tannins, the fruit becomes a bit more elegant and the finish shows more finesse.
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