From Jim Barret at Chateau Montelena, to Jess Jackson of Kendall Jackson, to the inimitable Robert Parker, lawyers seem to gravitate to fine wine. Recently, the most prominent beverage lawyer in Oregon has caught this tasty bug as well. Chris Hermann, who has helped hundreds of vintners and brewers navigate the complexity of wine law, recently launched his own labor of love. It is called “00” and GiftTree is proud to be one of the first to offer this pure expression of the fruit of the Willamette Valley.
Oregon’s Willamette Valley is home to many distinguished and celebrated vineyards, but perhaps no other has been so sought-after, none whose fruit is more in demand than the Pinot Noir grapes from Shea Vineyard, Dick Shea’s storied 89-acre vineyard in Yamhill County. Planting in this vineyard began in 1989, and for a few years, Dick and his team were battling the elements, ripping out and re-planting blocks. Then came a turning point – in 1993, a rising star winemaker saw the vineyard’s promise and bought grapes for his own label, Panther Creek Cellars. Robert Parker (The Wine Advocate) awarded that Panther Creek Pinot 94 points — the highest scoring wine in Oregon that year — and Shea Vineyard suddenly found their fruit in high demand, inundated with requests.
00 is the only Single Vineyard Shea Pinot Noir and made by renowned winemaker Mike Etzel, Jr. of Chapter 24 fame. The 00 name refers the winemaker’s philosophy: to create zero distance in time and zero distance in space from the fruit in the vineyard to your glass. Only 25 cases of the 2014 00 single vineyard Shea were produced. This is a profound and indeed magical wine with a powerful extract, volume and intensity that very few Oregon Pinot Noirs have to-date achieved, and it represents the best that the Willamette Valley has to offer.
Made with meticulously selected grapes that are hand-harvested and fermented in 500 liter Italian clay amphorae, the 2014 00 Shea Pinot Noir exemplifies the finest expression of Oregon wine country. 00 wines have also graced the tables of the world’s great restaurants including French Laundry, Gotham Bar and Grill in New York City, and Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark.
00 Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir is available exclusively from GiftTree in a number of beautiful presentations, including baskets, crates, caddies and chillers. When you combine these beautiful packages with the spectacular 00, you will be sure to make a memorable impression. Any judge will give this gift a positive verdict.