The color of this wine is remarkable: dark garnet with a gem-like clarity. The Shea 2007 boasts aromas of juicy pomegranate and beeswax, with a bit of the classic "forest floor" mossy sandalwood perfume that has been common with Shea across the vintages. This young wine is amazingly ready to drink upon release, reminding us of a bowl of fresh Oregon blackberries and cream. More time in the bottle would only allow the ripe, polished tannins, framboise core, and black pepper finish to soften and lengthen.
Located about 5 miles east of Yamhill, Oregon, this vineyard was planted in 1988 by Dick Shea, a financier from Connecticut. Dick chose to plant both Pinot noir Pommard and Wadenswil clones, as well as a small quantity of Clone 108 Chardonnay. He concluded planting in 1989, with about 80 acres of Pinot noir, Chardonnay, and a small quantity of Pinot gris. Shea's well-drained Willakenzie soil type and the meticulous care of the vines by Dick's vineyard manager, Javier Marin, yield spectacular fruit that is sought after by many winemakers.