Shea Cellars

On our first trip to the Willamette Valley a question we asked the various growers again and again was "what`s the best vineyard in the region?" again and again we heard the same answer: "Shea".

 

Shea Vineyard was founded in the district of Yamhill Carlton in 1989 while Dick Shea was still working on Wall Street.For a decade Shea sold the totality of the vineyard`s production to local winemakers (Penner-Ash, Bergstrom, Winderlea, St Inocent etc).Then, with the help of Patty Green, Dick started syphoning off some of the best parcels to make his own range of wine.Today, this is one of THE outstanding selections in the region. The winemaker these days is New Zealander Blair Bethel,who was at Rex Hill previously and they use around 25% of the vineyard (the best parcels of course), while still selling the remainder.Blair clearly has a great "touch" when it comes to Pinot and is able to coax nuance and complexity from this warm site;effortlessly combining West Coast richness with cool-climate precision.