Shea Wine Cellars

Owner(s) Dick Shea, Diedra Shea
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Shea Wine Cellars

Shea Vineyard now consists of 200 hillside acres, of which 140 acres are planted to Pinot Noir and 5 acres to Chardonnay. The vineyard faces south at an elevation of 320 to 625 feet and is divided into two hills, named East and West separated by a valley containing native plants and trees. The original vines of Pommard and Wädenswil clones were planted on their own roots. Inevitably, phylloxera afflicted the vineyard and planned replanting progressed over the ensuing years, reaching completion in 2005. The newer plantings include the Dijon clones 114, 115, 777 and 828. The vineyard has never been irrigated except for new plantings during the first year.

Grapes from this impeccably maintained site are highly sought after by many of Oregon’s top wineries including: Andres’s Vat, Antica Terra, Beaux Freres, Bergstrom, Broadley, Elk Cove, Francis Tannahill, J.K. Carrier, Ken Wright Cellars, Panther Creek Cellars, Penner-Ash, Raptor Ridge, Revana, Stevenson- Barrie, Scott Paul Wines, St. Innocent and Tori Mor. In the past, grapes were sent to Manfred Krankl at Sine Qua Non in California (last vintage 2003), but now grapes sent to California go to Loring Wine Co., Pali Wine Co., and Auteur.

Since 1996, Dick has had his own label, Shea Wine Cellars. 25% of the vineyard production is held back for Dick’s own label (5,500 cases in 2010). There have been several winemakers. Experienced tasters have talked about a certain “Shea-ness” that seems to be expressed in the wines from this vineyard. A consistent floral aroma and a dark red fruit character with spice seems unusually clear and unique to this vineyard.

The Shea Wine Cellars Pinot Noirs are designated as Estate (a blend of several blocks), block or clone designates which vary from year to year, and a special reserve wine labeled “Homer.” Dick Shea is a baseball fan, but bears no relation to Shea Stadium in New York. Dick’s wife and business partner, Diedre Shea. often compares Dick to Homer Simpson, so the name “Homer” has dual meaning. The Homer cuvée is from the best barrels and is the most voluptuous of the lineup, needing several years to reach its prime drinking window.

The most recent winemaker, Drew Voit, who was formerly an assistant winemaker at Domaine Serene, left in 2012 to pursue his own label and other projects. The wines became more elegant and nuanced during his tenure. His replacement is Blair Trathen, who is a New Zealander who has crafted wine in Oregon for ten vintages, most recently at Rex Hill.

The Shea Wine Cellar Pinot Noirs have become a cult-classic collectible, eagerly sought after by Shea aficionados on the winery’s mailing list. Some bottlings are distributed to better retail wine stores.

Reviewed Wines

2012 Shea Wine Cellars Shea Vineyard Block 7 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., $59. Wädenswil clone from the 5.2-acre non-irrigated Block 7, located on a steep, south-facing slope. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. The nose picks up interest and intensity over time, offering aromas of black cherry, pomegranate, rose petal, mocha and sandalwood. An earthy undertone compliments the fat, plummy, black cherry and spice flavors which are accented with oak. Silky in texture, with firm tannins and juicy acidity. The wine is shy and lacks distinction at this stage. When tasted the following day from a previously opened and recorked bottle, the fruit was more expressive. I would check back in another year. Score: 88-89. Reviewed November 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Shea Wine Cellars Shea Vineyard West Hill Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., $59. Wädenswil, 777, 114 and Pommard clones. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, cherry leather and bramble lead to a middleweight, juicy wine featuring dark red and purple fruits. Fruity, with firm tannins and a noticeably silky mouth feel. Nicely balanced, but seems linear and very reserved. Re-tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the wine was about the same. Score: 89-90. Reviewed November 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Shea Wine Cellars Shea Vineyard Homer Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., $79. A blend of the best barrels in the cellar. Dijon and Wädenswil clones. Aged in 68% new French oak. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is very shy and tight, opening slowly to reveal aromas of black cherry, blackberry and wooded forest. More body, more life and more finish in this wine. The array of dark stone and berry fruits sparkle, accented with interesting notes of spice and anise. A big, masculine wine with plenty of oak overlay and tannic vigor at this time. Slightly more charming the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Keep this one in the cellar for a couple of years. Score: 90-91. Reviewed November 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Shea Wine Cellars Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., $37. An overall glimpse of the entire 200-acre vineyard including Pommard, Wädenswil and several Dijon clones. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Highly aromatic, picking up interest over time in the glass, offering aromas of Bing cherries, dark red cranberries and raspberries, with hints of spice, briar and oak. Delicate flavors echo the aromas. Some earthiness, but overall lacks nuance. Balanced tannins and a short, gentle finish. Pretty ordinary in this vintage. Score: 87. Reviewed August 14, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Shea Wine Cellars Shea Vineyard Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., 3,475 cases, $40. All clones planted at Shea Vineyard (Pommard, Wädenswil and several Dijon). Aged in 47% new French oak. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Open and forward on the nose with aromas of red and black berries, black cherries and spice. A charming and likable wine with flavors of blackberries, black cherries and Hoison sauce with a hint of anise. Very soft tannins and a satiny mouth feel. My only nit is that the wine is a bit shallow. Tasted twice. Good. Reviewed November 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Shea Wine Cellars Shea Vineyard Block 23 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 265 cases, $56. Pommard clone. From a 3.2-acre non-irrigated parcel on a south-facing slope. Aged in 80% new French oak. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Demure aromas of black cherries, black raspberries, oak and rose petals emerge very reluctantly over time. Plush core of black fruits with a hint of pepper and tobacco. Earthy and mysterious with noticeable oak. Very soft in the mouth. Even more oaky the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Decent. Reviewed November 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Shea Wine Cellars Shea Vineyard Block 31 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., 240 cases, $56. 67% Pommard, 33% Wädenswil. Aged in 67% new French oak. · Moderately dark reddish-purple hue in the glass. The most expressive nose in the lineup with glass-filling aromas of dark red and black stone fruits and berries accented with a hint of spice and a floral note. Delicious mid weight essence of blackberries and cherries with a complimentary earthy bent. Well-integrated oak and a velvety mouth feel. Tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, there was more oak intrusion. What this means for the future of this wine is unclear but it is irresistable now. Very good. Reviewed November 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Shea Wine Cellars Shea Vineyard Block 33 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 250 cases, $56. Dijon 777. From a steep, south-facing parcel. Aged in 60% new French oak. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Muted aromas of dark berry preserves, tea leaf and balsam. Well-ripened essence of blackberries, ollaliberries and plum reduction sauce with faint oak in the background. Soft in the mouth with pillowy tannins and some length on the finish. Solid but not exceptional. Good. Reviewed November 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Shea Wine Cellars Shea Vineyard Block 7 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 300 cases, $56. Wädenswil clone. From a 5.2-acre nonirrigated parcel on a steep, south-facing slope. Aged in 64% new French oak. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Very shy nose offering delicate aromas of blackberry pie, coconut and violets. Very soft and seductive in the mouth, showing admirable elegance. Delicious middleweight flavors of dark red and black cherries and berries wrapped in supple tannins, finishing dry with some length. The silky texture is the most striking feature of this wine. The aromas should appear in this wine over time. Very good. Reviewed November 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Shea Wine Cellars Shea Vineyard Homer Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 450 cases, $82. 56% Wädenswil, 31% Dijon 777, 13% Pommard. Aged in 81% new French oak. A blend of the best barrels in the cellar and always the biggest, most structured wine in the lineup, needing several years to reach a peak drinking window. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Demure but pleasing aromas of black raspberries, blackberries and spice. The most structured wine in the lineup and built for the long haul. Also, displays the most length on a brambly blackberry finish. Very polished with a velvety mouth feel and complimentary smoky oak. More approachable than usual for this bottling, but should get even better with more time in the cellar. Reviewed November 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Shea Wine Cellars Shea Vineyard Estate Yamhill-Carlton District Oregon Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., 3,555 cases, $40. An expression of the entire Shea Vineyard including Pommard, Wädenswil and four Dijon clones: 777, 114, 115 and 828. Aged in 47% new French oak barrels. 10% wood tank fermented. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Very lovely nose offering vibrant aromas of dark cherry coulis, spice, rose petal, violets, sassafras and malt. Very tasty essence of black cherries and black raspberries with a complimentary touch of spice and anise. Charming with moderate fine-grain tannins and a fruit-laden finish. Can be enjoyed now. Very good. Reviewed January 12, 2012 ARTICLE »

2008 Shea Wine Cellars Shea Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $40. A blend that expresses the overall vineyard containing every clone including Pommard, Wädenswil and several Dijon clones. · Moderately dark robe in the glass. The nose is flush with nuanced aromas including black cherries, ripe strawberries, red licorice, violets, subtle oak, and a few scents I can’t describe. The wine kept pumping out these lovely aromas for over an hour in the glass. In the mouth, there are pretty flavors of dark red and nicely spiced stone fruits and berries, and the best grape soda you ever had. Moderately rich, with fine grain tannins, a satiny mouth feel and a pleasing lift of acidity on the finish. This is a nicely composed and elegant wine that is the best ever Estate bottling from Shea Wine Cellars. Very good Reviewed June 22, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Shea Wine Cellars Shea Vineyard Block 22 “Last Hurrah” Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., $55. This wine is the last from own rooted Pommard fruit. These vines were replanted after the 2008 harvest. · Moderately dark reddish-purple hue in the glass. Demure but pleasing aromas of fresh red berries, graham and violets. Delicious core of red and blue berries and cherries. Beautifully composed, with vivid and well-focused flavors, fine ground gossamer tannins, a velvety texture, and an amazingly long and aromatic finish that is flat-out stunning. A wine to treasure that is the last of its kind from Shea Vineyard. Drink some history. Reviewed June 22, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Shea Wine Cellars Shea Vineyard Block 31 Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., $55. 70% Pommard and 30% Wädenswil clones from the West Hill portion of Shea Vineyard. Aged in 57% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose is pleasantly fruity featuring dark stone fruits and berries but is very shy. Tasty core of dark berries, black cherries, and plums with a sidecar of spice and tea. The tannins are fine grain making the wine smooth and easygoing. Improves with time in the glass, but is still closed down at this stage and not yet offering as much as it will. Very good. Reviewed June 22, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Shea Wine Cellars Shea Vineyard Block 5 Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., $55. 100% clone 777 fromthe East Hill portion of Shea Vineyard. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. You can really cozy up to this wine. Lovely perfume of blackberry jam, spice, mocha and that floral Sheaness. Like greased lightning on the palate with a delicious red and black berry core including alpine strawberries and red plums. Very harmonious with ripe, firm tannins and a generous, slightly warm finish that sails along. Even better the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. I am not usually a fan of single Dijon clone Pinot Noirs, but it definitely works here. Reviewed June 22, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Shea Wine Cellars Shea Vineyard Block 7 Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., <275 cases, $55. All Wädenswil clone from the East Hill. Aged in 73% new French oak barrels. · Moderately reddish-purple robe. Subdued dark fruit aromas with a hint of spiced tea and oak toast. Picks up interest with time in the glass. Plush black raspberry and plum fruit with a touch of mocha java. Dark and enticing like an exotic woman in a black dress. Very smooth in the mouth, yet has a substantial structure and needs time to shed some tannins. A bit linear at this point, but there is enough sensuality now that it is hard to resist. Very good. Reviewed June 22, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Shea Wine Cellars Shea Vineyard “Homer” Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., $80. Sourced from the 14 best barrels in the cellar and includes Pommard, Wädenswil and Dijon clones. Aged in 93% new French oak barrels. · A shade darker than the other Pinot Noirs in 2008. Extremely reticent nose revealing some appealing oak-kissed dark fruit. Very well endowed with a lovely essence of purple fruits. Tight and monolithic now with a smokiness and cigar box note from the oak which needs time to integrate. Very smooth and sensual on the palate. I usually rate wines on their appeal at the time of tasting, but I need to make an exception here since I believe this will be a prodigious wine several years down the road based on other aged Homer bottlings I have had through the years. Reviewed June 22, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Shea Wine Cellars Willamette Valley Chardonnay

13.2% alc., 325 cases, $35. Dijon clones 76, 548. 90% complete MLF. Raised in 15% new oak, 15% stainless, and 70% neutral oak. Blocks 4, 31. · This wine occupies the middle ground between full MLF and full barrel fermented Chardonnay and un-oaked stainless steel fermented Chardonnay. Classy aromas of pears, apples and wet stone. Modestly rich pear flavors with a hint of oak spice and a frisky finish framed with bright acidity. Reviewed August 17, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Shea Wine Cellars Estate Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., $38. A blend that expresses the overall vineyard and contains every clone grown at Shea Vineyard (several Dijon clones, Pommard and Wädenswil). Estate grown, produced and bottled. · Restrained aromas of cherries, strawberries and a hint of toasty oak. Moderately fat in the mouth featuring earth-dusted dark stone fruits and berries with supple tannins and a lively acid tang on the oaktinged finish. Decent. Reviewed November 29, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Shea Wine Cellars Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., 4,100 cases, $48. Pommard, Wädenswil, Dijon 114, 115, 777 and 828 clones (every clone on the property) from both young and old vines. 6% whole cluster. Aged in 38% new French oak barrels. Blocks 7, 9, 11, 14, Oak, 19-24, 28, 29, 32, 33. · Moderately light garnet color. Typical roseate aroma of Shea Vineyard Pinot Noirs. Tasty mix of red, blue and black fruits with a touch of underlain earthiness. The lasting impression is one of freshness and brightness brought on by lively acidity. Read to drink now. The core wine of Shea Wine Cellars that represents beautifully the entire vineyard. Reviewed August 17, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Shea Wine Cellars East Hill Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $55. From five different blocks, 60% Dijon clones and 40% Wädenswil clone. Aged 10 months in 43% new French oak. · Deep reddish-purple color in the glass. Flashy aromas of stone fruits and berries, plum sauce and spice. The fruit-infused nose really gets your attention. Rich, full, sweet and beautifully complex array of stone fruits and berries on the palate with an appealing underlying earthiness. Real density here and one of the boldest Oregon Pinot Noirs tasted from the 2007 vintage. This wine offers a clear and unmistakable sense of Yamhill-Carlton terroir. Reviewed November 29, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Shea Wine Cellars East Hill Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 325 cases, $55. Wädenswil, Dijon 115, 777, 828. 11% whole cluster. Aged in 43% new French oak barrels. Blocks 5, Oak, 7, 9, 19. One of the 2009 IPNC featured wines. · Deeper, darker and richer than the Estate bottling. Sumptuous mid-palate featuring dark fruits especially plums and black currants. The tannins are barely perceptible and the long, chewy finish has a pleasing grip of acidity. Reviewed August 17, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Shea Wine Cellars Pommard Clone Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 275 cases, $55. 6% whole cluster. Aged in 64% new French oak barrels. Blocks 23, 32. · Leads off with tenacious scents of ripe dark red berries and cherries with an underpinning of spice and violets. Earthy, savory and brambly in the mouth with dark fruits and tannins that are mouth coating. This wine is built for the long haul. Reviewed August 17, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Shea Wine Cellars Block 33 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 100 cases, $65. Dijon 777. 100% wood fermented. Aged in 75% new French oak barrels. This is the first single Dijon clone wine from Shea Vineyard. Dijon clone 777 is the most widely planted in the vineyard. · Floral aromas are striking along with pleasing scents of spiced cherries. Plenty of dark-fruited Pinot sweetness. Softly textured, mediumweighted, sturdy on the palate with a dry finish. Needs more time but a pretty classy ride now. Reviewed August 17, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Shea Wine Cellars Homer Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 325 cases, $82. Wädenswil, Pommard, Dijon 777, 115. 9% whole cluster. 36% wood tank fermented. Aged in 71% new French oak barrels. Blocks 7, 32, 5, Oak. The best barrels in the cellar. · Penetrating and uplifting aromas of dark stone fruits. A great expression of Pinot Noir with layers of powerful flavors including mushu plum sauce, black raspberry, gregarious baking spice and exotic tea. A tannic edge suggests age ability. A memorable wine that deserves to be opened for a special occasion. Reviewed August 17, 2009 ARTICLE »

2006 Shea Wine Cellars Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Chardonnay

14.5% alc., 381 cases, $35. Shea Vineyard blocks 4, 21, and 31. Cropped at 2.19 tons per acre. Dijon 76, 548 and 95 clones. 100% barrel fermented, 100% MLF. Aged 10 months in 13% new and 87% previously filled Burgundian oak barrels. · This Chardonnay has the charm of a barrel fermented Chardonnay without the over-the-top oak and butter treatment. Delicate yellow color. Fresh and lively flavors of citrus fruits, pears and vanilla with an undercurrent of minerality and a refreshing finish that makes you want to reach for another sip. Reviewed March 26, 2009 ARTICLE »

2006 Shea Wine Cellars Estate Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.25% alc., 2,500 cases, $45. Fruit for this wine is sourced from the entire vineyard (blocks 5,7,13,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,28,29,32 and Oak) and includes several Dijon clones and Pommard and Wädenwsil clones. Cropped at 2.21 tons per acre. 4% whole cluster. Aged 10 months in 49% new and 51% previously filled Burgundian barrels. · A dark fruited wine showing black cherries and black raspberries with a subtle vein of oak, dry herbs and toast running through. Firm in structure, soft in texture with supple tannins. Not as interesting as the other 2006 Pinot Noirs but still very decent. Reviewed March 26, 2009 ARTICLE »

2006 Shea Wine Cellars East Hill Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 320 cases, $52. From block 7, , 13 and Oak. Cropped at 2.33 tons per acre. Clones are Wädenswil (25%)and Dijon 114, 115 and 777 (75%). 2% whole cluster with a high amount of whole berries. Aged 10 months in 63% new and 37% previously filled Burgundian oak barrels. · Assertive scents of red and black berries, spice, oak and a little good barnyard. Mouth-coating red and black fruits which fill the mid palate with pleasure. Thoroughly refreshing due to bright acidity and a touch of citrus zest on the persistent finish. Vivid, elegant and perfectly harmonious. Reviewed March 26, 2009 ARTICLE »

2006 Shea Wine Cellars Pommard Clone Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.75% alc., 246 cases, $52. Vineyard blocks 32, 33 and 34. Cropped at 2.04 tons per acre. 4% whole cluster. Aged 10 months in 55% new and 45% previously filled Burgundian oak barrels. · Dark red raspberries, herbs and a little barnyard on the slightly reserved nose. Rich deep red stone fruits are lushly flavored and lifted with oak spice. Velvety in the mouth with moderate wooly tannins and a dry finish. Very tasty. Reviewed March 26, 2009 ARTICLE »

2006 Shea Wine Cellars Wädenswil Clone Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.75% alc., 236 cases, $52.Shea Vineyard blocks 25, 28 and 29. Cropped at 1.98 tons per acre. 14% whole cluster. Aged 10 months in 43% new and 57% previously filled Burgundian oak barrels. · Brooding dark fruits on the nose annotated with dark chocolate, herbs and a whiff of heat. A big wine that is still somewhat closed with the fruit submerged in a prodigious structure. Noticeable roundness and a velvety mouth feel from the alcohol. Still has some tannins to shed. Hold on to this one for 3 to 5 years. Reviewed March 26, 2009 ARTICLE »

2006 Shea Wine Cellars Homer Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.75% alc., $75. · A precocious wine that is highly aromatic featuring black cherries, raisin, mocha and herbs. Intense and lush chocolate-covered black cherry fruit that lasts and lasts on the finish. Excellent now but still showing primary fruit and will get even better in a couple of years. Reviewed September 15, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Shea Wine Cellars Homer Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.75% alc., 253 cases, $75. Blocks 7, 32, 25, 28 and 24, Wädenswil and Pommard clones cropped at 2.17 tons per acre. 15% whole cluster with a high amount of whole berries. Aged in 82% new French oak. Ten of the finest barrels in the cellar. · Surprisingly forward for a Homer bottling. Lovely aromas of dark fruits with hints of floral perfume, roasted nuts, and oak. Red plums and dark berries are dense and plush on the palate. Very smooth with polished tannins. Remarkable lift of berry aromas on the lithe and endless finish. A Pinot to envy. Reviewed March 26, 2009 ARTICLE »

2005 Shea Wine Cellars Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Chardonnay

14.15% alc., 245 cases, $35. Dick and Chris take Chardonnay seriously. This Chardonnay walks the line between the heavily-oaked, full-malo, buttery Chardonnays and the more austere, acidic Chablis-styled ones. Chris both barrel ferments and tank ferments the Chardonnay in separate lots and mixes the two together. The Chardonnay Dijon clone vines are cropped at less than two tons per acre like the Pinot Noir, resulting in Chardonnay with fine concentration and quality. Plans are to increase production to 600 cases a year. · Admirable crispness with tropical (banana), pear and citrus notes in the aromatics. Vanillin from oak adds interest. Terrific sipping wine or very appropriate for the table with shellfish. Reviewed January 30, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 Shea Wine Cellars Shea Vineyard Estate Willamette

13.75% alc., $40. · The aromatics are floral and fruity. On the palate there are plenty of creamy sweet fruits with an earthiness and feral quality. The finish is clean and tidy with lively acidity. Reviewed March 27, 2007 ARTICLE »

2005 Shea Wine Cellars Estate Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.75% alc., 2,817 cases, $42. · Still a young wine that could benefit from decanting. Dark fruits and roseate aromas with earth, game and black raspberry on the palate finishing clean with lively acidity. Reviewed January 30, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 Shea Wine Cellars East Hill Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.25% alc., 223 cases, $52. Dijon and Wädenswil clones from several blocks of younger vines on East Hill. · Deep, rich dark red fruits with a sidecar of oak echoed in the aromas and flavors. Velvety texture which is marvelous. Improves in the glass with time. Still reticent. Reviewed January 30, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 Shea Wine Cellars Pommard Clone Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 195 cases, $52. Replaces Block 23 of years past. · Very shy nose initially that blossoms with air to reveal showy spice and floral scents. A big-boned wine with plenty of dark fruit and pomegranate flavor held in check by wellbalanced tannins and acid. Reviewed January 30, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 Shea Wine Cellars Wädenswil Clone Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.25% alc., 316 cases, $52. Old vine plantings. · Noticeable but not intrusive oak throughout. Plenty of attractive spice and black fruit. Sensual soft texture. Lighter weighted than the above wines and to some tasters missing a little of punch in the mid-palate. Reviewed January 30, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 Shea Wine Cellars Homer Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.25% alc., 247 cases, $75. Wädenswil and Dijon clone 115. · A huge fruit-driven wine with hi-toned and spiced black cherry fruit. Dense and brooding but with a pillowy texture and soft tannins. Cellaring would be advisable. Reviewed January 30, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 Shea Wine Cellars Homer Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.25% alc., $75. Winemaker Chris Mazepink (2005-2006). A moderate vintage with rain at harvest. · Fruity and floral scents with delicious black raspberry flavor and a tangy finish. A little smoke on water is evident in this and the 2006 vintage due to cooperage choices. More acidity this vintage. There are still some well-integrated tannins to shed and this will continue to improve in the bottle. Great verve. Reviewed September 15, 2008 ARTICLE »

2004 Shea Wine Cellars Homer Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $75. “Vintage of the decade” according to Dick. · Appealing minerality, earthiness and charcoal embracing the rich dark fruits. Saucy, fat and lush with velvety tannins and a long, long finish. A seamless wine of great charm and clearly the star of this vertical tasting. That said, the 2005 and 2006 vintages should surpass it in years to come. Reviewed September 15, 2008 ARTICLE »

2003 Shea Wine Cellars Estate Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.8% alc.. · The aromas are ripe and fruity featuring black raspberries, black cherries, black currants with a slightly roasted or cooked profile. Dense and chewy dark fruits are almost Syrah-like. The texture is silky and the fuzzy tannins are soft and unobtrusive. A victim of the warm vintage. Reviewed March 26, 2009 ARTICLE »

2003 Shea Wine Cellars Shea Vineyard Salud Cuvee Pinot Noir

This Salud cuvee is fresh and fruity with dark-toned berries and cherries, brown sugar and spice. From a warm vintage, the wine is not jammy or overwrought with moderate tannins to carry it several more years. Tasted November 7, 2008. Reviewed --/--/--

2003 Shea Wine Cellars Block 23 Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 275 cases, $48. 100% Pommard clone. · This wine reflects the hot vintage with super-ripe, almost baked fruit with noticeable oak accents on the backend. Low in acid, it is a bit flat and undistinguished. Reviewed January 30, 2008 ARTICLE »

2003 Shea Wine Cellars Block 23 Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 275 cases, $48. From 3.2 acres planted in 1990. Self-rooted, non-irrigated Pommard clone that is part of the original Shea Vineyard plantings. · The nose shows the typical “Sheaness” aromas of black cherries, violets and earthiness. Generous compliment of dark cherries and strawberries which persist on the endless finish. The texture is pure silk. Still showing plenty of dry tannins and will last several more years. Best wine of the 2003 lineup and much better than a bottle of the same wine tasted last year. Reviewed March 26, 2009 ARTICLE »

2003 Shea Wine Cellars Block 32 Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., $48. Wädenswil clone from original plantings. · A stylish nose of black cherries, violets, earth, smoke and subtle oak. Tasty and lipsmacking black raspberry and blackberry fruit. Moderate tannins give the wine density. Reviewed March 26, 2009 ARTICLE »

2003 Shea Wine Cellars Homer Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., 145 cases, $65. A very hot vintage. making it difficult to reign in alcohols. · Lovely scents of Bing cherry, violets, exotic woods and char. Rich and juicy palate of black cherries with velvety tannins and an appealing roundness in the mouth. Subtle oak runs through and adds interest. No hint of over ripeness as one would anticipate. Reviewed September 15, 2008 ARTICLE »

2003 Shea Wine Cellars Homer Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., 145 cases, $65. Composed of the finest barrels in the cellar. Dijon clone 115 and Wädenswil. · Reserved aromas of cherries and fresh berries with hints of herbs, oak and funk. Meaty fruit flavors are brooding. A touch of smoke and oak adds interest. Moderate tannins and a touch of heat surface at the close. Reviewed March 26, 2009 ARTICLE »

2002 Shea Wine Cellars Block 23 Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., $48. · I have enjoyed this wine on several occasions and this bottle was true to form. Complex aromatics featuring blackberries, black cherries, plum, wet earth and a little good funk. The dark fruit is sweet and tasty. The whole package is nicely balanced and with some tannins still to shed, will probably go several more years. Very good. This wine shows how nicely Shea Wine Cellars Pinot Noirs can age. Reviewed January 30, 2008 ARTICLE »

2002 Shea Wine Cellars Shea Vineyard Block 32 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $48. Composed of non-irrigated Wädenswil vines. · A ripe and plush wine with plenty of tannic backbone. The finish of Asian-spiced red Pinot fruits was particularly appealing and lingering. Reviewed March 27, 2007 ARTICLE »

2002 Shea Wine Cellars Homer Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc, $65. Dick calls this a “great vintage.” Winemaker Sam Tannahill (2002-2004). · Darkly fruited nose with earth and oak chiming in. Brambly dark fruits on the palate with residual tannins. Enough acidity and tannin to last. A good drink. Reviewed September 15, 2008 ARTICLE »

2001 Shea Wine Cellars Homer Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., 140 cases, $65. Winemaker Patricia Green. A light year and the wine was accessible early. · Tart black cherry and cranberry fruit with a sidecar of oak and cedar. Light in weight and easily drinkable with a mildly dry and woody finish. Reviewed September 15, 2008 ARTICLE »