Entering the wine industry 20 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 (head winemaker at their Alden Alli winery) as well as being owner and winemaker of his own Shane Wine Cellars.
FYI – La Reine = The Queen
Shane 2017 “La Reine” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
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Jeb Dunnuck 94 Points: “Even better, the 2017 Pinot Noir La Reine comes from the Sonoma Coast, and despite seeing less stems (only 25%), it shows more whole cluster nuances as well as ripe strawberries, flowers, and spice nuances. Pure, crystalline, and vibrant on the palate, with ultra-fine tannins, it’s another beautiful wine from winemaker Shane Finley. Brought up all in used oak, it too should have at least 7-8 years of prime drinking.”
Robert Parker 94 Points: The 2017 Pinot Noir The La Reine comes from two parcels located in the Petaluma Gap subregion of the Sonoma Coast. It was produced from equal parts Pommard and 777 clones with 25% whole cluster stem inclusion, then fermented in small open-top fermenters with native yeasts with minimal extraction techniques. It spent 14 months in used oak barrels. Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, it leaps from the glass with notes of Morello cherries, redcurrant jelly, Black Forest cake and underbrush with wafts of red roses and tilled soil. Full-bodied and packed with black and red berry preserves flavors, it has a taut backbone of ripe grainy tannins and bold freshness, finishing lively with well-played herbal sparks.
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