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Recently bought a mixed case (pinot noir) of the Seven Springs and Shea vineyards for $24.99 per bottle. Both are worth the price, but the Seven Springs bottling is quite a few notches ahead of the Shea at this point.

The nose isn't giving up much yet- a fair amount of the mustiness (peat moss?) typical of pinots. The flavor was simply harmonious. Elegant and subtle flavors of raspberry, dried cherries, and a lingering taste of cola clung to the finish. Balanced. No big, bold fruit, no bacon fat, etc. Darn good nonetheless. 93 points. For comparison purposes I'd give the Shea a 91- more lean than the Seven Springs offering.
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2002 St. Innocent Pinot Noir Seven Springs - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley (11/3/2006)

I bought this last year for $27. The WA gave this 94+ points. I brought it to Haggis house for a happy hour this week. This was opened next to a 1997 St. Innocent PN O'Connor Vineyard and I liked this wine better. Good medium red color and darker than the 1997. Some smokey red fruit notes and nicely balanced. Just entering its prime drinking window. 92+ points.


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