The 2017 Bergstrom Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir is gorgeous light cranberry color. It has effusive aromas of gingerbread, Chinese five spice, curry, and garam masala with cedar and sandalwood-like incense. Its distinct herbal and floral bouquet helps make this wine one of the more aromatically complex wines of the 2017 lineup, even at its early phase. This Pinot Noir is also intensely perfumed in the mouth and has great energy, fruit sweetness, and juicy acidity with fine, elegant ripe tannins that coat the palate. Structured but succulent and fruit forward, this is a very good vintage.
Production is up and quality as high as ever in this year’s Shea bottling. Tremendous concentration and balance characterize this stellar wine. It deftly combines raspberry fruit with orange peel and Dr Pepper flavors. The acidity is up and the tannins are smooth, with a fine-tuned minerality. Editors’ Choice
Impressive for the presence and polish, with layered black cherry, fresh violet and dusky spice flavors that build richness and structure toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2025.
Medium ruby, the 2017 Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard is scented of blackberry preserves, smoked cranberries, burnt citrus peel, potpourri, scorched earth and tar hints with licorice notes. The medium-bodied palate is intense, layered and grainy with seamless freshness and a long, nuanced finish. Give this another year in bottle.