Bergström Wines Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018



Bergström Wines Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

94pts – Editor’s Choice Wine Enthusiast

95pts – Vinous

Shea Vineyard
Planted 1989     *     Yamhill-Carlton AVA     *     Elevation: 400-600ft

One of the great wine properties of the New World, and a wonderful partner of Bergström Wines for 17 vintages. Dick and Dierdre Shea, and their 140-acre vineyard with its endless micro-climates and inch-thin sandy soils consistently produce exceptional Pinot Noir fruit for 20+ of the best wineries in Oregon. Bergström Wines has historically purchased fruit from six different clonal blocks, totaling 16 acres.

Josh Bergström’s Notes

The 2018 Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir is one of my favorites to date, as this highly acclaimed dry and warm vintage worked perfectly with this great vineyard site to not only accurately reflect the year but also to coax out the spicy, floral, and playful (yet serious) characteristics of this great thin-soiled, marine-sedimentary terroir. In a word, this wine is irresistible. Delicious now, but this great Pinot Noir will also age and develop positively for a decade. It has an exotically alluring bouquet of sweet spices, rare woods, incense, forest floor, and ripe cane berries. Rich, silky, and suave, with a full-bodied textural swath of fruit that washes over the palate with waves of ripe flavors, finally giving way to a wonderful chocolate, coffee, and sweet baking spice finish that lasts and lasts. What a swan song vintage and wine for the Shea and Bergström families as a celebration of partnership and community!