2021 Shea East Hill Vineyard

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Shea Vineyard is located in the far East of Yamhill Carlton, on the border of Dundee Hills.  Dick Shea first planted Pinot Noir in 1989 and has made the vineyard an icon with meticulous vineyard practice, sustainable farming, and an array of clonal diversity.  Shea is separated into two slopes by a small valley and our blocks are planted with the Wädenswil clone on the dramatically steep, east-facing hill.  Wädenswil is a late-ripening clone prized for its elegant rose petal aromatics, bright acidity, and fine dance between power and finesse. The East Hill is perfectly suited for Wädenswil as it receives ample early morning sun and sees a long growing season, allowing the fruit to ripen slowly, developing deep character and complexity. 

"I love Pinot from the Shea Vineyards, and the Sunu 2021 Shea-East Hill is phenomenal. Producing a glowing medium ruby-garnet core with a watery rim in the glass, there are shades of crushed white peppercorn hidden among the lovely cherry and raspberry fruit flavors and forest herbs tones. Lemony acidity helps bring everything together alongside the firm but integrated sweet tannins and the medium-bodied finish that goes on for minutes. Editor’s choice, drink 2023-2033."

95 Pts, 06/2023

Jeremy Young, International Wine Report

100% Pinot Noir, Single Vineyard Production, Shea East Hill Vineyard

 Open Top Fermentation

33% Whole Cluster Fermentation

25% New French Oak

Aged 16 Months 

"This shows attractive savory notes with dried leaves and flowers, cherries, strawberry bush and crushed stones. Medium-bodied, polished and sleek with a rich and expressive red fruit character, crunchy tannins and firm, textured finish. Drink or hold."

94 Points, barrel score, 03/2023, James Suckling

Full Specifications

  • Alcohol %: 13.6
  • Vintage: 2021
  • Varietal: Pinot Noir
  • Appellation: Shea Vineyard, Yamhill-Carlton
  • Vineyard: Shea East Hill
  • Clone: Wädenswil 2A
  • Cases Produced: 43 cases
  • Winemaker: Louis Skinner
  • Producer: Betz Family of Wines

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