Wine Advocate 87 points - Wright was the first to vinify a vineyard-designate from this now famous site, and his 2010 Pinot Noir Shea is impressively broad and rich, if surprisingly stewed in its expression of dark cherry accented by bitter suggestions of cherry pit and huckleberry as well as by spruce resin. An undertone of mushroom stock serves for some intriguing savor, whereas a detached tart note - notwithstanding the otherwise cooked character of the fruit - and a drying spot of tannin give slight pause in the finish. I would want to revisit this before committing myself to a prognosis of age-ability, though in general Wright compares his 2010s to 1991s, which he claims have aged especially well. (Aug 2012)
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This site is in the Yamhill-Carlton District just west of the Chehalem Valley. Our fruit is sourced from three small blocks, two of which are planted to the Pommard clone, with the third to Wadenswil. Soils are primarily of the Goodin and Melbourne type which are sedimentary in origin. The three blocks range in elevation from 450 to 600 feet and were originally planted in 1989. Trellis style is vertical shoot positioning. The wine from this vineyard has a complex array of aromas and flavors including black and red fruits, particularly blueberry, spice and earth. Approximately 725 cases are produced. The vineyard is owned by Dick and Deirdre Shea.