Shea Vineyard Pinot noirs emphasize weight with good acidity, layered flavors, concentrated fruit, and terroir specific flavors. The Shea Pinot noirs Mark has produced consistently out-age wines from other sites. He also considers them to be the most complex and detailed wines he makes. The best wines of Burgundy are exceptionally detailed wines that age very well. If we apply that standard to Oregon, Shea is a great vineyard. Shea is actually two vineyards separated by a steep ravine. Both of the blocks used for St. Innocent are located in the East Field. Block 6 was planted in 1998 with Dijon clone 115 and a small amount of Pommard (11 rows). It lies on a long SE slope at about 600' in elevation. The Terrace Block faces SW, is planted with the Pommard clone, and gets its name from the terraces carved into its steep slope.
Vintage Notes: The 2010 vintage was Oregon's coldest growing season in 30 years. Bloom was later than normal and occurred in cloudy and cool weather. The flowers do not fertilize well in these conditions and this limited the crop and reduced the vineyard yields. The summer was sunny, but not hot and the temperatures rarely exceeded 95 degrees. By mid-September the summer heat disappeared and temperatures from that point on did not exceed 70 degrees. Most of October was sunny and quite cool. The sun allowed the skins and flavors to ripen while the cool temperatures kept the Brix (sugar) levels low and retained lovely acidity in the wines.