2018 WALT Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir
"Dick Shea was a former Wall Street investor that decided to move and invest in the Willamette Valley. WALT has now been working with the ‘Shea Vineyard’ since 2010. The earthy tones come alive immediately as the core of red and dark fruits march with shades of blood orange zest. The palate is soft and shows a great sense of mouthfeel. Layers of pretty rose water tones combine with peat moss and ripe red raspberry and with wet stone accents. Full bodied and downright delicious to consume in its youth, this outstanding bottling will cellar well for a decade or more."
93 Points | Wine Spectator, Tim Fish
"Supple and multilayered, with expressive rose petal, raspberry and dusky spice flavors that build richness on the lush finish."
Oregon’s Willamette Valley
Sits at 45 degrees latitude, stretching south of Portland.
Diverse Land Contours
Diverse climates garner amazingly distinctive
Well draining volcanic and seabed soils.
Shea vineyard's sedimentary soils and unique aspect produce wines of excellent concentration and depth in one of the Pacific Coast's most premier and extreme growing regions.
|Varietal Composition||100% Pinot Noir|
|Barrel Aging||10 months in 38% New French Oak (François Freres)|
|Appellation||Willamette Valley, Oregon|
|Vintage Notes||Following a series of warm, early harvests, this year’s growing season returned to a slower rhythm, allowing grapes to ripen gently with deep flavors. Our growers spent the summer and fall manicuring the vine canopies to provide the grapes enough shade from the sun while also preparing adequate airflow to deter mold. When Mother Nature did throw a couple of unpredictable systems at us, we were able to weather the storms and harvest exceptional fruit!2018|