2018 Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir
DOUBLE GOLD - 2023 McMinnville Wine Competition
93 Points - Josh Raynolds of Vinous Media
93 Points - Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel Magazine
Single clone Dijon 777 from 20+-year-old vines planted in the marine soils of the famed Shea Vineyard. Our 2018 Shea is a real stunner showcasing an elegant mix of red and black fruit, violets, and creamy cola notes. The palate is seamless and layered with dusty raspberry, mid-summer ripened blackberries, and long, silky tannins. 22% whole-cluster.
About Shea Vineyard
Shea Vineyard sits in the heart of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA and is farmed by our friends Dick & Deirdre Shea. This is arguably the most famous vineyard for Oregon Pinot Noir because of the many well-known wineries that make a Single Vineyard Shea wine, including our sister brand Elk Cove Vineyards and neighbors Ken Wright, Bergstrom, Penner-Ash and others. It's worth checking out the Shea Vineyard website to learn more about this unique vineyard. Wines from Shea vineyard are earthy with a black cherry kick
The 2018 Vintage
2018 was a vintage for rich, bold flavors in Willamette Valley wines. Starting hot and dry through the spring and summer, by September rain was a welcome relief. Cooler temperatures during harvest slowed ripening and increased hang-time. With multiple vineyards ripening simultaneously in October, our crew put in long hours at the end of crush. Their hard work has paid off with bold fruit-forward red wines and fresh, stone-fruited white wines that veer into the tropical. 2018 was a warm vintage that ended cool giving us wines with a captivating combination of flavors.
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