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Date Printed: 5/23/2015
Shea Block 5 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2009
Shea Block 5 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 110297)
boutique wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 5/23/2015: $52.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

We made our Pinot Noir Block 5 from Dijon clone 777 fruit sourced from Block 5 on the East hill of Shea vineyard. This steep, south-facing slope produced grapes that yield a concentration of dark juicy fruit on the nose and palate. Fine-grain tannins create a silky, polished sensation that carries through to the finish. We hope you enjoy this exceptional, limited release wine.
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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."