On a recent visit to Oregon to taste as many 2009 Pinot Noirs from barrel as I could, I cajoled several wineries into opening some of their older wines. I wanted to see how the Pinot Noirs of this past decade have evolved. It’s easy to see how overall winemaking has improved dramatically over the decade. Nowhere in my research did that upward swing show more clearly than at Shea Vineyard, which bottled its first wines in 2001. Here are my tasting notes on a vertical of Shea's 2001 through 2008 Willamette Valley Shea Vineyard Estate Pinot Noirs.
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