This outstanding vineyard was extensively re-planted a few years ago due to phylloxera, so these young vines are just in their second or third leaf. Good fruit, to be sure, but simple and light; this is not to be confused with the old-vine Shea, which has extraordinary power and dense, blackberry fruit. Here it's light cherry and berry, nothing more.
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.