Willamette Tasting (Knightsbridge - Northbrook IL): Tasting, brief note. My favorite of today's Shea 2011 lineup. Red and lack cherry, forward, slightly simple, but well balanced with everything else here. Perhaps better in another year, but then probably to drink in the following few years.
I am a Shea fan, and rarely find a bottle or vintage I don't like, but alas this is one of them. The best of vintage, and this Homer reflects that. A bit harsh and thin. Not much there. I tried two bottles, and both were the same.
Memorial Day Weekend & Eyrie South Block Reserve Pinots (Willamette Valley, Oregon): Barrel Sample. Wow, really rich and deeply concentrated aromas. Like a blackberry pie. Again with the impressive fruit that's incredibly juicy on the palate. Intense and absolutely delicious. Really impressive juicy fruit on the finish again. Surprising how good this is. Yes, this is larger than my usual style, but it's undeniably delicious. 91-93 points.
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