The 2008 is once again, another classic representation of the famed Shea Vineyard, and scored 94 points in the Wine Advocate and 92 points in the Wine Spectator.
2008 Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard
Dick Shea’s highly respected vineyard nestled in the steeply contoured hills of the Yamhill Carlton AVA sits on sedimentary soil over fractured sandstone. Staying true to the characteristics of the Shea Vineyard, the 2008 has an intense purple hue, inky and inticing in the glass. Bushels of black cherries and blueberries coalesce with dreams of Christmas spice intensely caressing the nose. An eruption of big bold blue fruit, dusty road and minerality teases, expanding on the mid-palate, bursting with weight, fine tannins and a finish that never ceases. Only 220 cases produced.
Tasting notes from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
My favorite of this trio is the 2008 Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard which was aged for 16 months in 35% new oak. Darker in color with a splendid bouquet of sandalwood, Asian spices, incense, underbrush, black cherry, and black raspberry, on the palate it is dense and rich while maintaining a sense of elegance. This lengthy, precision offering will evolve effortlessly for 4-5 years and is likely to see its 20th birthday in fine form. 94 points - Dr. Jay Miller
Tasting notes from the Wine Spectator
Bright and refreshing, with a dark cast to the fruit profile despite the light texture, hitting black currant and pluot notes as the finish lingers. The tannins have a mild bite. Best from 2012 through 2018. 92 points - Harvey Steiman