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Date Printed: 11/24/2015
Shea Block 31 Pinot Noir 2008
Shea Block 31 Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 105740)
boutique wine

PinotReport rating: 93 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 11/24/2015: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Block 31 release is a blend of 70% Pommard and 30% Wadenswil clone fruit harvested from Block 31 on the West hill of Shea Vineyard. The Pommard fruit offers the concentrated cherry notes and overall structure in the wine while the Wadenswil presents the bright, effusive, plummy fruit and floral tones. This is a beauty, barrel aged in 57% new French oak.
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About Shea Wine Cellars:

Shea Vineyard, located in the Yamhill Foothills of Oregon's Willamette Valley, was first planted to wine grapes by Dick Shea in 1989 and 1990. Today the vineyard property consists of 200 hillside acres of which 140 are planted to wine grapes, largely Pinot Noir and a few acres of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. The south facing vineyard sits in a viticultural region called the Willakenzie District. The soil of the vineyard is shallow and very well draining with sandstone subsoil. The vineyard has never been irrigated.

Currently the winery supplies several top Pinot Noir producers in Oregon (Archery Summit, Beaux Freres, Ken Wright, Panther Creek, and St. Innocent) and one in California (Sine Qua Non). The Wine Enthusiast in its annual review of Oregon wines in December 2000, wrote, "It is no coincidence that our two top rated wines... were made from fruit from Richard Shea's perennially superb Willamette Valley vineyard."