Husband/wife winemakers Neil and Sue Shay have day jobs connected to their estate along the Mid-Willamette Valley Food Trail. Neil is a professor of food science at Oregon State University, while Sue oversees Bluebird Hill Farm B&B and the winery business. They’ve combined for four Platinums in the past three years for their Pinot Noir program, and this ranks among their most suave. Cherry, raspberry and woodsy aromas and flavors are wrapped up in baking spice, leather and a sense of earthiness. Pliable tannins and ripe pomegranate in the finish make this a rather complete and sensible Pinot Noir. Award: Cascadia International (gold).
Rating: Platinum, 95 points
Production: 75 cases