2006 Auteur - Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard 750ml

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 100
Author: uritr
Tasted On: 10/03/2013

Rating: 100
Author: dougwilder
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/17/2009
Site Blog: purely domestic wine report Nothing quite like throwing down the frigging gauntlet right out of the gate. This was one of the last wines added to the tasting, and because of what it is ended up being in the last flight. Another thing is that I found this and the 2006 Sonoma Stage in a box under a table in my spare bedroom, so much for the notion of handling with careâ?¦ Again the tasting protocol is intended to alternatively loosen the wines up and ultimately drive them into the asphalt. This is another example of why this wine remains an icon. Breathtakingâ?¦ Aromas: deep, smooth cherry, violets and medjool date Palate: chocolate, figs, pulverized, brown sugar-kissed cherry entry with a deep core of spiced red and black fruits. Impression: after 48 hours of air, it is all there. Harmoniously dense, rich and smooth

Rating: 99
Author: WineJunkie
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 02/13/2010

Rating: 95
Author: MJM
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 12/24/2012
This is in a fantastic place!!

Rating: 92
Author: Mr. A
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 01/22/2011
Blueberry, caramel, smoke hit the spot with a hint of mocha.

Average rating: , based on 5 reviews

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937 bottles owned by 262 collectors.

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About This Producer

Auteur concentrates on just two varietals, but produces them stunningly: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from California and Oregon. Winemaker and owner Kenneth Juhasz and his wife and partner Laura believe that their success stems from selecting vineyards situated in cool climates as well as focusing on the masculine and feminine personalities of these two varietals. Auteur sources fruit from Willamette Valley, Sonoma Coast, Los Carneros, and Mendocino Ridge. Auteur is the only producer to share the famed Shea Vineyard "Back Block," with the grower, Shea Wine Cellars. Some outstanding Auteur vintages include the groundbreaking 2004 Donum Vineyard Chardonnay from Carneros - the first release from California vines - and the 2005 Shea Pinot Noir, Vinfolio's Wine of the Year 2006.

Auteur (French for "author" or "composer") explains that the deep orange color of their label represents their "adventurous spirit combined with the organic nature of winemaking."

See other similar producers: Shea Wine Cellars, Raptor Ridge, McKinlay Vineyards

Wine Varietal: Pinot Noir

Notorious for its fickle growing patterns, Pinot Noir vines prefer long, cool growing conditions and tend to mutate easily, leaving behind numerous clones and inconsistent flavor profiles. Although it is one of the three major varieties used in Champagne production, Burgundy is the traditional home of Pinot Noir. The 30-mile stretch of hills known as the Cote d'Or is valued as the world's premier production area. Pinot Noir is planted all over the world. In the United States, Sonoma, the Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Willamette Valley produce top-notch wines from this variety. Other notable countries include New Zealand, Australia, and Chile. Typical descriptors for Pinot Noir include strawberry, raspberry, cherry, mushroom, and meaty notes.

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