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Shea Vineyard is located in the Yamhill foothills, 35 miles southwest of Portland, Oregon. The Pinot noir was planted...Read more...
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Shea Vineyard is located in the Yamhill foothills, 35 miles southwest of Portland, Oregon. The Pinot noir was planted in 1990 on a hillside of shallow Willakenzie soil in the SW corner of the vineyard. It has a southeast exposure at an elevation of 350' to 500'. The grapes were fermented in a small tank after two days of cold maceration. The wine aged for 16 months in 44% new French oak barrels and was bottled without fining or filtration. A small amount of sediment may accumulate during the aging process and is normal for wine produced in this manner. This Pinot noir complements sweet meat entrees - lamb chops, filet, grilled salmon. When served young, this wine is best decanted or allowed to breathe for several hours. It is drinkable at release and will benefit from aging up to 8 years. Winemaker Notes I believe that Shea Vineyard produces a very classic style of Pinot noir. These types of Pinot noir emphasize elegance with good acidity, balanced flavors, well concentrated fruit, and nuances that are specific to the terroir of the vineyard. Tasting Notes This Shea is a dark, almost opaque, ruby color. Its nose is still very tight with lavender, dark flowers, and black fruits with hints of red fruit aromas underneath. Initially almost sweet on the palate, it crescendos into a powerhouse of dark flowers, dried berries, but still maintains a persistent sweetness around its edges. Still young and a bit disjointed, I expect the '03 Shea to develop into a heady, richly textured, very concentrated wine full of red and black fruits. I tasted this wine after 5 days of open time, the tannins had softened dramatically and the fruit was bigger and sweeter than ever. It has all the markings of a great Shea vintage. I expect it to peak in 8-10 years.
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