2016 Shea West Hill Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon

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We have sold the Shea Estate Pinot Noir for many years and now have this even more impressive West Hill bottling. This 2016 was aged for 10 months in 50% new French oak barrels, with 4% whole cluster, yet that oak does not inhibit any of the fruit from showing its considerable pedigree. Dick describes the wine as follows, "aromatically this wine is defined by blue fruit, violet and floral. The palate is round, well balanced and shows lush blue fruit. Tannins are soft and approachable. This beautiful wine will continue to add weight and complexity with cellaring." Dick & Deidre Shea first planted Pinot Noir vines in what is now called the Yamhill-Carlton AVA in Willamette Valley in the late 1980s. Today the Shea vineyard is a 200-acre property planted to 140 acres of vines, 135 of which are planted to Pinot and 5 to Chardonnay. They sold their fruit to many of the top producers in Oregon for about 10 years and decided to start making wine under their own Shea Wine Cellars label. Even now they only use 25% of the fruit for their wines and continue to sell the balance to others.

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