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2016 Shea - Pinot Noir

2016 Shea - Pinot Noir
Single Vineyard

When you ask Pinot Noir lovers around the world to name their top Willamette Valley vineyard, most will easily recall the name "Shea". That's because winegrowers Dick and Deirdre Shea are notoriously selective when it comes to the wineries the family will sell fruit to. The Shea family strongly believes in the power of the Shea name as a stamp of quality fruit, and with good reason. 

Our 2016 Single Vineyard Shea is an exquisite expression of the site's terrior with a graceful, lifted mouthfeel, rounded out by soft tannins. This wine truly dances in the glass - pleasant on the first taste but with an intellectual appeal that keep even the most experienced Shea vineyard lovers coming back for more. 

This wine is a non-typical Shea offering with lower alcohol content than many wines produced with Shea fruit on the market because of our early picking dates and production methods. 

25 cases produced. 

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SKU: 0016PN-SV
Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Yamhill-Carlton AVA
Whole berry fermentation in native yeasts in 500L clay amphorae
Bottling Date
February 28, 2018
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Production Notes
We hand-snip the single whole berries off each tightly packed Pinot Noir cluster and ferment in 500L Tuscan clay amphorae. √Člevage in 20% new French oak for 16 months before bottling.
Winemaker Notes
Fermentation in clay amphorae softens the tannins without sacrificing structure. Whole berry fermentation imparts an elegance and lift in the mouthfeel. Produced by Alban Debeaulieu under the direction of Pierre Millemann.