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2004 Shea Wine Cellars Shea Vineyard Block 23 Pinot Noir

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RATINGS

90Wine Spectator

...delivers lovely nutmeg- and pepper-scented cherry and plum flavors on the palate, hinting at bittersweet chocolate as the fine-grained finish rolls on.

PRODUCER

Shea Wine Cellars

Shea Wine Cellars in Newberg, Oregon, was founded in 1996 by Dick and Deirdre Shea. The couple had been farming grapes and selling them to wineries, but decided to make their own wine. Their debut wine was the 1996 vintage and today they still make only about 5,500 cases a year. Shea makes several Pinot Noirs and Chardonnay. The 200-acre property is in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, and 75% of the grapes produced there still go to winemakers in Oregon and California.

REGION

United States, Oregon, Willamette Valley

Willamette Valley AVA was established in 1983, and it is the oldest appellation in Oregon. Oregon’s modern wine industry began in the Willamette Valley in the 1960s when artists, vagabond winemakers, and U.C. Davis oenology graduates looking for new territory started their own, small, off-the-grid wineries. The appellation is the state’s largest, and it extends 175 miles from Columbia River on the Washington/Oregon border to just south of Eugene, near central Oregon. The Willamette River runs through the area, helping to give the appellation a mild year-round climate. There are six smaller sub-appellations within this AVA, but altogether the Willamette Valley has the largest concentration of wineries in Oregon, as well as the majority of the state’s most famous producers. Pinot Noir is king here, followed by Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling. To most admirers of Oregon Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley offers the most distinctive wine choices in the state.

TYPE

Red Wine, Pinot Noir

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.