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.
Drawn from block eleven on the east hill of the vineyard, the 2014 Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir is composed of clone 114. It was brought in at 25.1 brix, and matured in French oak for nine months. In a warm year such at 2014, Shea demonstrates rich red and blackberry fruit, and the presence of both acidity and tannin makes this wine suitable for long-term ageing.
Less than six bottles...
The 2010 Shea possesses recurring themes for this vineyard: garnet/magenta color, classic forest floor aromas of mushroom, pepper and brown spices. These are echoed on the palate with savory soy and both black and white pepper notes moving towards clove and cinnamon. The fruit is a beautiful expression of what happens when grapes slowly ripen and retain lively acidity: Bing cherry, strawberry rollup, mint, tobacco leaf, sweet macerated raspberry and blueberry, even turning toward white peach. The entry is beautiful and mouthfilling, and the finish is long, with pronounced tannins that will refine to typical Shea silkiness with time. The mid-palate is a bit shy, and we look forward to following its development as it matures.