Our Wines

2015 Pinot noir Shea Vineyard

The grapes for this wine come from two blocks.  Block 6 faces SE on a hillside of shallow sedimentary soil at an eleavtion of 450' to 500', and is planted with Pommard and 115.  The Terrace Block is a very steep SW slope planted in 2002 with the Pommard clone.

Crop Level: 2.4 tons/acre
Harvest: 9/18/2015
Bottled: February 2017

Vineyard Details

Shea Vineyard Pinot noirs emphasize weight with good acidity, layered flavors, concentrated fruit, and terroir specific flavors. The Shea Pinot noirs Mark has produced consistently out-age wines from other sites. He also considers them to be the most complex and detailed wines he makes. The best wines of Burgundy are exceptionally detailed wines that age very well. If we apply that standard to Oregon, Shea is a great vineyard. Shea is actually two vineyards separated by a steep ravine. Both of the blocks used for St. Innocent are located in the East Field. Block 6 was planted in 1998 with Dijon clone 115 and a small amount of Pommard (11 rows). It lies on a long SE slope at about 600' in elevation. The Terrace Block faces SW, is planted with the Pommard clone, and gets its name from the terraces carved into its steep slope.

Vintage Description

The summer of 2015 started off with intense heat that faded off into a very warm and sunny season. Harvest began early with us first picking fruit on September 2 in cooler conditions. Yields were about 15% higher than normal and fruit was as perfect as I have seen. We continued to harvest throughout September and finished by the end of the month. The balance of flavor, tannin, acid, and sugar were as perfect as I have seen in 29 years. I am excited to see how the wines develop.

Tasting Notes

An especially beautiful nose introduces you to the 2015 Pinot noir Shea Vineyard. Elegant cassis, white pepper, red rose and spicecake aromas swirl around your first glimpse of this lovely wine. Luscious concentrated red berry fruits rush across your palate followed by complex dark floral, forest floor and dried cherry notes. This is not your normally subdued Pinot noir from Shea, but a wonderfully intergrated voluptuous expression from this great site. The dark berry and floral flavors balance with ripe tannins and soft acidity slowly fading into your next sip. Certaily a WOW wine from this famous vineyard! It can clearly be enjoyed now and over the next 15 years. Match with food.