Supple and generous, light in texture and intense, with cherry, red plum, nutmeg and floral flavors that don't quit as the finish lingers against delicately crunchy tannins. (Web Only--2015)
Young and a bit stiff when first opened, this multi-block blend mixes berry and cherry fruit with a streak of cola and a dusting of peppery Italian herbs. The tannins are smooth and ripe, and, as is often the case with Shea wines, this has the structure and muscle for cellaring.
The 2012 Pinot Noir Shea West Hill comes from Wadenswil, Pommard, Dijon 114 and 777 clones picked October 7-13 and sees 50% new French and 20% whole-cluster fruit. It has a more cohesive and delineated bouquet compared to the Block 5 with perfumed raspberry and wild strawberry scents. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tart red cherry and blackberry fruit bouncing around the entry. There is commendable sense of tension underlining this 2012, more so than the Block 5, and the dash of spice toward the finish is welcome. This is worth seeking out. (NM)
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