2006 Shea Pinot Noir (750ML)
225 Cases produced
Fruit source: Shea Vineyard
Harvested Sept. 26 – Oct. 2
Brix: 26.2-27.8 (wow!)
Clones: 777 & Wadenswil (From the 2 smallest parcels in the entire vineyard, both located in the “East Blocks”, Parcels #8 and #10)
2006 Vintage Notes |
The weather was generalized as being warmer and dryer than normal. Starting with a warm spring (bud-break, bloom, etc) led to good fruit set and 15-20% overall larger yields than normal, many growers reported bigger berries than normal.
The summer and fall were warmer than normal with a few heat spikes in June and September, due to the lack of rains, there was very little disease pressure and harvest was also earlier than normal and at the time was the fastest harvest in history due to very rapid ripening. OVERALL: This is a great vintage for fans of big, lush, juicy Pinot Noir with darker fruit flavors and softer textures with lower acidity.
Producers | General notes from producers talk about more concentrated, softer, darker, and more plush Pinots. At the time it sounds like producers were very excited to have a riper vintage as trends in the market were still towards bigger more concentrated wines.