Shea Winery is located in the Yamhill-Carlton district of the Willamette Valley in Oregon (pictured above). The area is famous for its Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and of course Pinot Noir. Arguably one of the best producers of Pinot Noir in the world, Oregon has been increasing in the public eye for these truly diverse and balanced wines. Shea Winery produces a small amount of Pinot Noir from their world class vineyards, selling the rest of their fruit to larger producers. It’s often only found at boutique wine shops and independent restaurants.
Technicals: 100% Pinot Noir from the estate Shea vineyard in the Willamette Valley in Oregon, aged in 47% new French oak.
First Impression: Bright cherry aromas jump out of the glass when you first pour this wine. The aroma is deep and pungent with vanilla and cedar mixed in with the red fruit.
Taste: This wine is incredibly balanced. Great fresh, red fruit flavors like red cherry, raspberry and cranberry but balanced with an elegant strength of spices, oak, and flowers. Very subtle, soft tannins and a lengthy finish.
Special Notes: At Shea, they believe in producing small lots of wine from the very best vineyard and winemaking practices. They let the wines express where they are from (called terrior), and are avid proponents of sustainable farming. They have achieved the highest ranking of sustainable farming in five of the last ten vintages, and were recently awarded the sustainability award for conservation stewardship from the Department of Agriculture for the eighth year in a row.
Pairing Tips: Pinot Noir is a true food wine. If you are ever unsure of what wine to pair with your meal, a safe bet is Pinot. Some of our favorite pairings include pork dishes and fish dishes with heavy, red based sauces. Try Sauteed Green Beans with Pancetta or Philly-Style Roast Pork Sandwich.