(6 percent whole clusters and 60 percent new oak) Limpid ruby. Expansive, spice- and smoke-accented aromas of red and blue fruit preserves, incense and cola, joined by a slowly emerging mocha note. Sweet, pliant and concentrated in style, offering intense blackberry, cherry-vanilla, spicecake and lavender pastille flavors and a spicy suggestion of star anise on the back half. Finishes smooth, sweet and extremely long, with resonating floral and blue fruit notes and supple tannins that come in slowly to add shape and subtle grip.
-- Josh Raynolds 94
Every year Homer is our blend of “best barrels” in the cellar, carefully chosen to highlight the most intense aromas and flavors from Shea Vineyard in any given vintage. The result for 2014: a nose with blue and black fruit and floral aromas, complimented by a rich palate of black fruit with spice and savory notes.The wine is structured, complex and balanced with well integrated tannins.