Panther Creek Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Winemaker's Cuvée 2006
"The 2006 Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard is dark ruby with an expressiveperfume of black cherry, black raspberry, and spice. This leads to amouth-filling wine with savory flavors, mineral and earth notes, and afirm structure. It should evolve for 3-4 years and be at its best from2012 to 2021."91+ pointsJay Miller, The Wine Advocate #179, Oct. 2008"Rich and ripe, brimming with blueberry,tobacco and smoke flavors, persisting on the firm-textured finish. Bestfrom 2009 through 2013. 2,500 cases made. HS"90 pointsThe Wine Spectator, December 15th, 2008"Ripe and full-bodied, this wine exudes both comfort and sophistication. Indulgent yet refined, the wine opens up with a bouquet filled with aromas ofplum, blackberry, anise, leather and vanilla. Following are rich, spiced flavors, such as blackberry, black cherry, cocoa, orange peel, black pepper, currant, and earth. As always, the Shea drinks beautifully in its youth, but merrits time to mature in the bottle."Winery Notes
Dark, brooding red with a nose of sweet strawberry with some tobacco and leather - but not the sweaty, horse-harness leather we love to hate in these New World wines. Good depth and meat upon entry with chocolate cream and strawberries dominating the flavor profile. Very well structured and balanced with ability to age an additional 4-5 years. Well done, but perhaps not quite as satisfying as the 20th Anniversary edition. Tasted at the 2010 Vancouver International Wine Festival.
Wow, an Oregon Pinot Noi that I like - what can I say? After many mixed experiences with unripe or just downright bizarre wines from Oregon, it's nice to have a very good one every once in a while. This attractive red had a lot of very fine oak on the nose at first - in fact it reminded me of my grandparents old dining room table with lots of nuanced and seasoned oak notes. It developed beautifully into a sumptuous combination of black cherry, earth, oak and a hint of brambly underbrush.