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Date Printed: 9/21/2014
Shea East Hill Pinot Noir 2006
Shea East Hill Pinot Noir 2006
(search item no. 97537)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $51.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 PinotReport rating: 97 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The 2006 Pinot Noir East Hill has darker fruits, more density, serious depth and several years of aging potential. Savory, layered, and sweet, it will drink well from 2010 to 2018.

The Shea Vineyard is probably the most famous terroir in Oregon and the list of clients who purchase fruit composes a Who's Who of Willamette Valley wineries and a couple from California as well. It is a large vineyard with numerous micro-terroirs. Furthermore, Dick Shea farms each plot according to the desires of the client so that it's probably not fair to make direct comparisons among the various Pinot Noirs made from Shea fruit. That is probably a good thing because Dick Shea has raised the bar significantly with the wines he has been making from his own vineyard."
-Wine Advocate

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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."