Panther Creek Shea Pinot Noir 2006

Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon

Item No. 102906
  • red wine
  • Green wine
  • PR94
  • RP91
  • ST91
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2009
  • TP90

Winemaker's Notes

Ripe and full-bodied, this wine exudes both comfort and sophistication. Indulgent yet refined, starting with its bouquet, with aromas of plum, blackberry, anise, leather and vanilla. Followed by rich, spiced flavors, such as blackberry, black cherry, cocoa, orange peel, black pepper, currant, and earth. As always, the Shea drinks beautifully in its youth, but deserves time to mature in the bottle.

Critical Acclaim

"Medium-deep ruby color; deep, ripe, rich stewed cherry aromas with some spice and earthy notes; ripe, rich, deep and complex cherry flavors; lots of spice and forest floor notes; silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Silky and complex with lots of time ahead of it, this Pinot also drinks exceptionally well now. "
94 Points

"The 2006 Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard is dark ruby with an expressive perfume of black cherry, black raspberry, and spice. This leads to a mouth-filling wine with savory flavors, mineral and earth notes, and a firm structure. It should evolve for 3-4 years and be at its best from 2012 to 2021. "
91 Points

"Deep, bright red. Explosively scented bouquet of ripe red berries and cherry, along with smoky mineral and incense qualities. Deeper on the palate, which offers sweet red and dark berry preserve flavors, velvety texture and a late note of candied rose. Gentle tannins add grip to the long, gently sweet finish. I'd give this another couple of years in the cellar but there's plenty going on right now."
91 Points

Learn About Willamette Valley

(will-AAM-it) Named for the river that runs through the valley from Portland to Eugene, Willamette Valley is home to some of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the Northwest. While along the same north/south line as Seattle, the Willamette Valley is protected from Pacific rains by the Coast Range on the western border and the Cascade Ranges to the east. Though sunshine is...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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