Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton District
Located within the Yamhill-Carlton District viticultural area, a subappellation of the greater Willamette Valley AVA, the 140-acre Shea Vineyard sits between 400 and 600 feet above-sea-level. Often referred to as one of the five U.S. “Grand Cru” Pinot Noir vineyards, Shea supplies grapes to nearly 20 world-class Oregon and California wineries.
2010 Sonría Acreage: 2.5 acres
- Climate: Protected from the Pacific marine influence by the high-elevation Coast Range to the west, and sheltered from the continental influence by the Chehalem Mountains to the north and the Dundee Hills just east, Shea Vineyard experiences less rain than the surrounding Willamette Valley. Growing conditions are moderate and perfectly suited for cool-climate grapes.
- Soil Type: Ancient shallow marine sedimentary soil over fractured sandstone allows for optimal drainage.
- Elevation: Shea Vineyard sits between 400-600 feet in elevation. Sonría is sourced from two select blocks, block 16 sitting at 400 feet and block 28 sitting at 600 feet.
- Topography: Sitting at a moderate elevation Shea Vineyard is less likely to suffer from valley frosts and the cold, high-elevation temperatures unsuitable for effective ripening.
- Clones: Pommard and Wädenswil clones.