Shea Block 31 Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
Shea Block 31 Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label

Shea Block 31 Pinot Noir 2008

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Winemaker 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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RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 Pinot Noir Block 31 is more deeply colored. It sports a brooding bouquet of spicy black fruits, earth notes, Asian spices, black cherry and blueberry. Mouth-coating, dense, rich, and loaded with flavor, it contains enough underlying structure to evolve for a minimum of 4-5 years. There is a strong chance that this powerful yet elegant Pinot will see its 20th birthday in fine form.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
Polished, creamy and generous with its ripe plum and currant flavors, integrating seamlessly with hints of crème brûlée and nutmeg on the long, vivid finish. A big wine that dances easily. Drink now through 2018. 294 cases made.
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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."

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Yamhill-Carlton, characterized by pastoral, rolling hills composed of shallow, quick-draining, ancient marine soil, is ideal for Pinot noir and other cool-climate-loving varieties. It is in the rain shadow of the Coast Range to its west, whose highest point climbs to an altitude of 3,500 feet. Yamhill-Carlton is actually surrounded by mountains on three sides: Chehalem Mountains to the north, the Dundee Hills to the east and the western Coast Range to its west, which, when it lets Pacific air through, serves to cool the region.

Vineyards grow on the ridges surrounding the two small communities of Yamhill and Carlton and cover about 1,200 acres of this 60,000 acre region, which roughly makes a horse-shoe shape on a map.

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NWWSA08B31_2008 Item# 105740

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