This month we are featuring wines from the High Elevation Collection from Shannon Ridge, a family owned vineyard and winery located on the steep mountain slopes of Lake County, California.  We hope you enjoy them as much as we do. Cheers!

Cabernet Sauvignon

This is a classic, everyday drinking Cabernet. Great fruit upfront, balanced complexity mid-palate with a kiss of oak on the lingering, yet spicy finish. The clusters from High Valley bring red fruit and tannin, the Red Hills Appellation contributes lush fruit and ripe characteristics and Big Valley grapes add complexity and texture to this wine.

 

Food Pairings

  • Hard aged cheeses
  • Grilled Red Meats

Sauvignon Blanc 2015

The grapefruit, green mango and mineral notes tantalize without over-whelming. The palate is balanced and crisp, mimicking the aromas with hints of white peach adding a soft but full flavor and a lively finish. This food friendly wine pairs perfectly with a small gathering on a warm summer night.

 

90 Points ~ W. Wong of Wine.com

89 Points ~ Wine Enthusiast Magazine

 

Food Pairings

  • Triple cream brie with pear paste
  • Swordfish

Zinfandel 2013

The Zinfandel delivers extracted characters of raspberry and blackberry with notes of pie spice, clove and anise. Aging on oak brings richness and finesse with a long, lingering finish. We hope these wines bring a touch of Lake County’s High Elevation fruit to any gathering of family and friends. Aged in American oak for 22 months.

 

Only 8,500 cases produced.

 

Food Pairings

  • Hard aged cheeses
  • Grilled Red Meats

Shannon Ridge is dedicated to creating a family of top-quality wines that consumers love at affordable prices. They are passionate about preserving the land not only for great vineyard sites but for the wild creatures which share their property. Their High Elevation Collection is a careful blend of three appellations within Lake County. The clusters from High Valley bring red fruit and tannin, the Red Hills Appellation contributes lush fruit and ripe characteristics and Big Valley grapes add complexity and texture to their wines.

A re-emergence of Lake County’s wine industry began in the 1960’s when a few growers rediscovered the area’s grape-growing potential and began planting vineyards. In 2014, Lake County surpassed Mendocino County in price paid per ton of grapes in the North Coast premium market. Shannon Ridge’s  vineyards are certified sustainably farmed thus producing the finest mountain fruit possible. Shannon Ridge’s sustainability practices integrate a flock of sheep that clean the vineyards, remove the excess canopy and reduce the need for chemicals while providing natural fertilizer.

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