Shea has undergone extensive, phylloxera-driven replanting in recent years, and the new vines do not have the power and complexity of the originals. Nonetheless, the estate's characteristic black cherry fruit core comes through, lightly spiced with notes of cinnamon and hints of herb. It's forward and chunky and shows a slight bit of heat in the finish. A solid effort, just not up to the complexity of the others in the 2005 lineup.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.