The Shea vineyard, known for its deep blackberry fruit, is chosen by at least a dozen (probably more) winemakers for single-vineyard status. This version is spicy and floral, lushly scented with cherry blossom and showing elegant, well-structured fruit. The only drawback comes on the finish: the acids seem chalky and out of balance with the rest of the wine, which is quite elegant and lovely. Otherwise, it's a champ.
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.