Raptor shea

Pinot Noir, Shea Vineyard 2014

Raptor Ridge

A muscular wine with a soft side, this vintage of Shea introduces itself with aromas of black cherry, dark plum, sarsaparilla, a hint of mandarin orange and an enticing meatiness. Front end silkiness leads to a mouthful of dusky cherry, cranberry and spice. Elevated acids and robust tannins offer age-worthiness and an arresting addition to your cellar. Pair with: Tea-smoked duck breast with cherry reduction, Soy and ginger marinated tri tip roast, Baked ham with cranberry glaze.

Country:
USA
Region:
Willamette Valley
Appellation/ava:
Yamhill-Carlton District AVA
Vineyard designation:
Shea Vineyard
Vintage:
2014
Wine type:
Red
Grape:
Pinot Noir
Size:
750 mL
Rating:
94

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Aging:
30% new French oak (11 months)
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Viticulture:
Sustainable
Alcohol percentage:
14.3
Closure:
Stelvin
Case production:
Less than 500

Reviews

  • "94 points. Editors' Choice. A gorgeous Shea bottling, this is lushly aromatic and fruited with strawberry jam, blueberry and cherry. The fruit is set against clean acids and supple tannins, and flavors remain full and focused with details of baking spices all through the long finish. This is a thoroughly delicious example of the power and pleasure of the 2014 vintage in the Willamette Valley." (Wine Enthusiast)
  • "92 points. Limpid ruby-red. Expansive scents of ripe red and dark berries are complicated by suggestions of candied flowers and star anise. Juicy, plush and appealingly sweet on the palate, offering intense black raspberry, cola and floral pastille flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate. In a plush but energetic style, showing strong closing thrust and smooth, slow-building tannins that add shape and gentle grip." (vinous)

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