St. Innocent Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
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International Wine CellarHeady, exotically perfumed aromas of dark berries, Asian spices, incense and candied flowers are sharpened by a zesty mineral quality and a hint of white pepper. Stains the palate with intense black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that become sweeter and deeper with air. Shows superb energy, focus and depth of fruit on the extremely long, spicy finish. Supple tannins build slowly and add shape but don't get in the way of this sexy pinot's assertive fruit.
Wine AdvocateThe 2012 Shea Vineyard 2012 was fermented in two fermenters without sulfur addition and is aged in French oak for 16 months, 20% new oak. It has a pretty bouquet, very pure with cranberry, wild strawberry and fig with a touch of honey and marmalade lending a little exoticism, the leitmotif of the growing season. The palate is medium-bodied with rounded tannin, dusky black fruit, well-judged acidity, but surprisingly backward toward the finish. There is good density to this Pinot Noir, a firm backbone with sufficient salinity on the finish to urge another sip.