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International Wine Cellar
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 120
($140; 15.4% alcohol) Full red. Flamboyant aromas of tangy raspberry and exotic oak spices. Densely packed, suave and sweet, with red berry, underbrush and exotic spicy oak notes accented by a floral tea quality. The bright, energetic raspberry and strawberry fruit carries to a sappy, juicy finish that emphasizes the oak spice. Perhaps more Sine Qua Non than pinot noir-or Oregon , for that matter-but undeniably delicious and seductive.
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Author: Robert Parker
The 2002 Hollerin' M Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir (704 cases) is absolutely mind-blowing Pinot, one of the most compelling examples I have ever tasted from Oregon. Deep plum/ruby/purple to the rim, with a glorious perfume of forest floor intermixed with acacia flowers, sweet cherries and plums, as well as hints of pomegranate and blackberries, it cuts a broad swath across the palate. The texture inundates the palate, and it finishes with tremendous voluptuousness and purity. A great hedonistic treat for all the senses, it will provide immense pleasure over the next decade.
Trust Rating: 89
Tasted On: 08/26/2011
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/01/2011
Original Note - 15.4% alc
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 02/14/2009
Drink Dates: 2005-2012
Dark cherry fruit on the nose. It opens up after an hour of air and shows dark fruit and earth tones on the palate. I recall this wine drinking better younger. Drink now.
Tasted On: 07/07/2008
Wow. This pinot needed plenty of time. Decanted for 2 hours, but was actually better 24 hours later. Bold fruit. Not like any previous pinot I've tasted. First taste showed lots of promise, but disappointed after 2 hours of waiting. Until the next day...
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/01/2005
Drink Dates: 2007-2010
Blood red colored wine with thick legs showing trace amounts of pigmentation. A strong, complex nose of toasty oak, some chocolate, cocoa powder, blood, plum, sandalwood, and cherry with a bit of violet and leather ? quixotically it reminds me of a very ripe vintage Vosne Roman?e. Low acid and tannins combine to make a very plush and velvety mouthful of wine. Some heat intrudes on the finish. A bit of time in the bottle has really tamed what was a very big perhaps too big Pinot Noir at release. Now the wine retains its sizable girth but it has come in to balance. I continue to mourn the fact that the Krankls have stopped making a Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir. Their 2003 "Omega" will be their last.
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