Brief Wine Note – 2005 Pali Wine Co. Pinot Noir-Shea Vineyard

15 May

A wine with an identity crisis.  A California winery and California winemaker (Brian Loring at that time) making a Pinot with Oregon fruit.  And not just any Oregon fruit – Shea fruit.

The wine has the California feel in terms of depth and extraction, the Oregon profile in terms of ripeness and density, and a Burgundian vibe with a level of earthiness  and mushroom character that I don’t typically see in most California or Oregon Pinots.

Ripe red and dark cherry aromas and flavors, with hints of tobacco, porcini mushrooms, white pepper, and a mere touch of oaky vanilla (although I think this wine saw 100% new barrels).

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