Entering the wine industry 18 years ago as a harvest intern, Shane Finley has literally started at the bottom and worked his way to the top. After spending several seasons as an intern in California, Australia, and the Northern Rhône, Shane became Cellar Master at Copain Custom Crush. While there he had the opportunity to work closely with many notable winemakers including Dumol, Carlisle, Pisoni Estate and Copain. He later took positions as Assistant Winemaker for Paul Hobbs Winery and then Associate and Assistant Winemaker at Kosta Browne Wines.
Today Shane continues to work with Dan Kosta and Emeril Lagasse (headwinmaker at their Alden Alli winery) as well as being owner and winemaker of his own Shane Wine Cellars.
The 2016 Shane “Soixante et Onze” Pinot Noir is an old school Sonoma Coast offering from vines planted in 1971 (thus… Soixante et Onze… in French) It masterfully combines subtlety and verve. The bright aromatics meld with firm tannins and tangy acidity to create a Pinot Noir unlike any I have produced. This wine is made from forty-seven year old, dry-farmed vines planted in sandy loam soil. The robust Martini heritage selection of Pinot Noir creates an old world fashioned yet new world expressive wine.
Shane 2016 Pinot Noir “Soixante et Onze” Sonoma Coast
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From 40+-year-old, dry-farmed vines, the 2016 Pinot Noir Soixante et Onze has a medium ruby-purple color and lovely perfume of rose and lavender over red cherries, raspberries and wild strawberries. The palate is medium-bodied, very fine, fresh and elegant with loads of perfumed red berry layers and a refreshing finish.
Winemaker Notes: Exhibiting an inviting ruby color, the 2016 Soixante et Onze is a focused and dynamic Pinot Noir. Its delicate aromatics emit subtle cranberry, rose petal, and black tea accents. The firm mid-palate exhibits fine tannins (from the thirty-three percent whole cluster stem inclusion) and is highlighted by pomegranate, fennel, and light strawberry tones. Vibrant acidity elevates the supple finish with elements of Bing cherry, graphite, and blackberry.
Jeb Dunnuck 95 Points: “My favorite in the lineup, the 2016 Pinot Noir Soixante et Onze comes from old, dry-farmed vines on the Sonoma Coast and saw one-third whole clusters and spent 15 months in 25% new French oak. It’s another incredibly elegant, seamless wine from Finley and offers classic black raspberry and cherry fruits, notes of woodsmoke, incense, and damp earth, silky tannins, and a layered texture. Give it a year or two and drink through 2026.
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