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2006 Bergström Winery Shea Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 760 cases, $65. A barrel selection from the East Hill portion of Shea Vineyard. Clones 115, 777, 828 and Wädenswil. · Leads off with dark fruits, a hint of spice, sandalwood and alcohol. A big and weighty muscular style with thick earth, wood, tar, char, mushroom and black stone fruit flavors. Smooth in texture with wellcorralled tannins and a mildly dry finish. This wine makes a statement but I am not totally receptive to this big style. Hearty food would tame the wine now, but cellaring the wine a few years would be preferable. Reviewed September 15, 2008

Winery: Bergström Winery
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