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Shea Wine Cellars Estate Pinot Noir 2007, Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA

Drunk October 2013

The winery

Shea Wine Cellars is the winemaking effort of grape growers Dick & Deirdre Shea, based in Newberg, Oregon.

They use 25% of Shea Vineyard’s production for their own effort and sell the remaining grapes to other producers in Oregon and California.

Shea Vineyard was first planted to wine grapes in the late 1980s. Today Shea Vineyard is a 200-acre property with 140 planted acres. 135 of these acres are planted to Pinot noir vines and the balance is planted to Chardonnay.

Roughly 25% of the Pinot noir fruit produced each year by Shea Vineyard is used by Shea Wine Cellars for its releases. The other 75% of the Pinot noir fruit is sold to some of the finest winemakers in Oregon and California. The first vintage was produced in 1996 and Shea make around 5,500 cases of wine per year.

Shea vineyard sits on sedimentary soil over fractured sandstone. Vine spacing is 5×7 yielding 1,245 plants per acre. Shea was one of the early vineyards in this area of Yamhill County and on this soil type. 

See the video about the Yamhill Carlton AVA at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XujTYuPWL4 where Shea wines are based.

The wine

Only 4,100 cases were produced of this 2007 Estate Pinor Noir and its a treat to be able to try a bottle from this small production from this boutique Oregon winery. 

It is medium ruby, crimson and the nose is fruity and earthy with black/red cherry and raspberries. The palate is intense yet structured with a juicy, spicy intensity with a hint of cloves and oakiness. The finish is powerful.

Another fab Oregon Pinot Noir and I feel fortunate to have another 5 bottles to drink. The second glass tastes better than the first, and there sure was a temptation to drink even more of this delicious wine.

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