2017 Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir
Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley
Alcohol %

2017 Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir

Often described as one of Oregon’s original grand cru properties, Shea Vineyard is rooted in the distinctive marine sedimentary soils of the Yamhill-Carlton appellation. Here, fruit takes on added complexity, setting the table for Pinot Noir with plentiful length, structure, and intrigue. Rustic by nature, this wine shows dusty, leathery aromatics backed by meaty, savory overtones. Red licorice and cherry tiptoe across a taut but expansive flavor arc, elongated still by notes of baking chocolate and soft, cacao-like tannins. Aged for 11 months in French oak, the 2017 Shea presents a lasting finish, offering an elegant fadeout from a memorable wine.

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Wine Profile
Shea Vineyard is located in the Willamette Valley’s Yamhill-Carlton District AVA. First planted to wine grapes in the late 1980s, Shea Vineyard is a 200-acre property with 135-acres planted to Pinot Noir. Vine spacing is 5×7 yielding 1,245 plants per acre on sedimentary soil over fractured sandstone. Shea was one of the early vineyards in this area of Yamhill County and on this soil type and has been recognized by the US Department of Agriculture for outstanding stewardship of agricultural lands.