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.
Shea Vineyard is located in the Yamhill-Carlton District AVA, 35 miles SW of Portland, Oregon. The grapes for this wine come from the Terrace Block planted on a steep SW slope cut into the surrounding hillside. It is 100% Pommard clone.
The de-stemmed grapes were fermented in 4-8 ton stainless steel and Burgundy oak fermenters with no SO2, allowing the fermentations to process naturally. After gentle pressing and settling, the wine aged in French oak barrels, 33% of which were new, for 16 months before bottling by gravity and without fining. This Terrace Block is a blend of the best 3 barrels.
Vintage Notes: In 2018 the weather was unusually dry, with the spring rains ending almost two months early. Bloom was mid-June in warm, dry conditions
giving excellent fruit set. Lots of clusters meant lots of thinning.
After almost 5 months of dry, warm weather, we began picking
Chardonnay on September 19th. Pinot noir from Shea came on 9/24
and we finished picking on 10/5 with the Postes Verde field at
Temperance Hill. The fruit was clean, with ripe tannins and lovely
Food Pairing Notes
Dishes with complex flavors and textures like lamb chops, pork tenderloin, duckbreast, rissoto and lentil dishes, match well with the berry fruit and dark floral character of our most broadly flavored, nuanced and layered Pinot Noir.
Release Date: Mar 2022; Production 72 cases