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| ||Tasted by dundeehills on 12/17/2014 & rated 92 points: Drinking very well. Great balance with dark fruit, spice and an earthiness. Sipped with friends after dinner when opening just one more bottle was called for and thoroughly enjoyed! (581 views)|
| ||Tasted by WineGuyFL on 8/18/2014 & rated 92 points: Third bottle. Drinking well. Plum and earth notes come through for me. (525 views)|
| ||Tasted by WineGuyFL on 4/5/2014 & rated 93 points: My second bottle of 6. Very good. Wish I had acquired a whole case. Drank with a group. They all loved it. (821 views)|
| ||Tasted by WineGuyFL on 2/1/2014 & rated 93 points: Very, very, good. Note of plum. Good with food or just for sipping. Balanced. I discovered this vineyard on a wine list in a restaurant. It made the meal that night. I liked the bottle enough to seek some out.....and am glad I did. (685 views)|
| ||Tasted by rocknroller on 7/31/2013 & rated 92 points: Willamette Valley Oregon Trip 4 & 1/2 Days; 7/29/2013-8/4/2013 (Willamette Valley, Oregon): The clear winner was the Shea . Splendid nose with musty earth, leather, sandalwood. the palate is dense and savory, black cherry and dark berries, leather, smoke, silky tannins. 92+pts. (1819 views)|
| ||Tasted by Weston3220 on 7/17/2013: 4th Annual Pinot Extravaganza with Salmon Dinner (Eugene, Oregon): Rich, Creamy, Strawberry, Simple Quick Finish|
started to open up a bit later on but slowly unwinded, wouldnt totally write this off yet I want to come back to another botle [one because it is shea vineyards] (810 views)
| ||Tasted by g & t on 3/4/2013 & rated 93 points: Sexier than the 2010 Signature Series. Beautiful wine. (835 views)|
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Pinot Noir Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.
Shea VineyardShea 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.
The Shea vineyard is in the Yamhill-Carlton District just west of the Chehalem Valley. The fruit is sourced from three small blocks, one of which is planted to the Pommard clone, one to the Dijon 114 clone and the last to Dijon 777 clone. Soils are primarily of the Goodin and Melbourne type which are sedimentary in origin. The three blocks range in elevation from 450 to 600 feet and were planted in 1989. The wine from this vineyard has a complex array of aromas and flavors including black and red fruits, particularly blueberry, spice and earth. Approximately 725 cases are produced. The vineyard is owned by Dick and Deirdre Shea and managed by Javier Marin.
Shea Vineyard is a 200 acre vineyard in Yamhill County, Oregon, owned by Dick and Deidre Shea. It is, by almost universal account, the most highly regarded vineyard in Oregon.
Shea sells grapes to some of Oregon's best wineries, and the vineyard has a reputation for producing some of the best Pinot noirs in the world, from such winemakers as Ken Wright and Mike Etzel of Beaux Freres. Shea planted the original 100-acre vineyard in 1988 and 1989 on its own roots, but has been systematically replanting with grafted vines over the past few years in response to phylloxera.
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