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Shea Vineyard

Raptor Ridge has been sourcing fruit from Dick and Dierdre Shea since the 1996 vintage, making us one of the longest running producers of Shea Pinot Noir in the Willamette Valley. The vineyard is located north of highway 240, between the town of Yamhill and the Chehalem river valley. In the early days,  we sourced own-rooted Pommard and Wadenswil from the original 1989 plantings; these days, after working with several parcels, we've settled on Block 11, providing us 115 and 777 clones of Pinot Noir. Shea is a perennially warm site, giving surprising richness and texture in cool years, and muscle and opulence in warmer ones. Shea's fruit profile is highly typical of the larger Yamhill-Carlton AVA - brambly red and black berry fruit, with a loamy complexity and notes of licorice.