2018 Shea West Hill
One of Oregon’s most iconic vineyards, Shea is planted over two separate and very distinct slopes. The earliest plantings were on West Hill, a vineyard of mostly soft, rolling contours with one notable exception: The Ravine. Lined with fir trees and jarringly steep, the thin soils create an exceptional landscape that produces wines in vibrant contrast to other parcels of Shea, full of heady aromatics, floral perfume, and rich texture.
The 2018 Shea West Hill had approximately 40% of the fruit fermented in barrels with 20% whole clusters, building both structure and texture, then aged for 16 months in 30% new French oak barrels. Pretty and elegant, it shows bright red cherries, orange peel and exotic aromas of rose petal and violets. The palate manages richness and elegance, with silky tannins and a long, polished finish. This will continue to unfurl over the next 5-10 years.
(Jeb Dunnuck – 91-93)
85 Cases Made.