2017 PINOT NOIR
VINEYARD | shea
APPELLATION | Yamhill-Carlton
WINEMAKER | Blair Trathen
HARVEST DATES | SEPTEMBER 28–october 13, 2017
BOTTLING | august 20, 2018
ALCOHOL | 14.5%
PRODUCTION | 60 bottles / 5 cases
This special barrel selection is sourced from two blocks of Shea Vineyard planted to Wädenswil and Pommard Clones. These two classic clones are two favorites of Dick and Deirdre Shea, who included them in the original planting of the vineyard in 1989. The two blocks included in this release are both on gradual, directly south-facing slopes that provide constant sun exposure from the early morning through the late evening. Combined with the marine sediment soils on Shea Vineyard, this results in highly ripe fruit, which leads to a wine with depth and complexity.
Shea Wine Cellars is an offshoot of Shea Vineyard, a 200-acre property with 140 acres planted to vines in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. We began as growers with our first plantings back in 1989, selling our fruit to other wineries. The passion of the winemakers we worked with rubbed off and instilled in us a desire to produce world-class wines in addition to farming grapes. In 1996, Shea Wine Cellars began with one barrel of Pinot noir. Our production is now 5,500 cases of Pinot noir and 350 cases of Chardonnay, roughly 25% of Shea Vineyard’s annual crop production.