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Lake County Wine North Coast, California

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A warm inland area just north of Napa Valley, Lake County represents a new frontier for California winemaking. While Prohibition halted viticulture here just as it did in so many California regions, winemaking activity remained fairly insignificant for a few decades longer than others. Finally in the 1990s Lake County Sauvignon blanc—uniquely savory and fruity—earned the appellation a renewed reputation.

Lake County is comprised of a handful of unique American Viticultural Areas (AVAs).

Vineyards that settle into the hills on the west side of Clear Lake create the Clear Lake AVA and produce good quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon blanc and Zinfandel.

Recently the Red Hills AVA, located within the boundaries of the Clear Lake AVA, has become the focus of some of Napa’s more respected growers. Its notable volcanic and obsidian-based soils could be the source of California’s next best Cabernet Sauvignons. Andy Beckstoffer, a leader in recognizing prime Napa Valley vineyard locales, has already invested heavily in the area.

Guenoc Valley AVA produces fine examples of Petite Sirah, recognized for their voluptuous aromas of clove, cocoa, tobacco and deep red and blue berry flavors.

The High Valley AVA sits northeast of Clear Lake. This warm area boasts multiple soil types allowing growers a lot of flexibility and experimentation with grape varieties. While Sauvignon blanc is a mainstay, this zone excels with Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, as well as other less common varieties like Barbera and Tempranillo.

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  • Vigilance Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Vigilance Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Hills, Lake County, North Coast, California
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    • Shannon Ridge Buck Shack Bourbon Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Front Label
      Shannon Ridge Buck Shack Bourbon Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Lake County, North Coast, California
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      • AERENA by Blackbird Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Front Label
        AERENA by Blackbird Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Hills, Lake County, North Coast, California
        • WW91
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      • Urgency Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
        Urgency Pinot Noir 2019
        Pinot Noir from Lake County, North Coast, California
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        • Shannon Ridge High Elevation Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
          Shannon Ridge High Elevation Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Lake County, North Coast, California
          • WW89
          3.8 194 Ratings
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        • Shannon Ridge Buck Shack White Tail Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
          Shannon Ridge Buck Shack White Tail Chardonnay 2018
          Chardonnay from Lake County, North Coast, California
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          • Shannon Ridge Buck Shack Red 2018  Front Label
            Shannon Ridge Buck Shack Red 2018
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Lake County, North Coast, California
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            • Steele Writer's Block Cabernet Franc 2016  Front Label
              Steele Writer's Block Cabernet Franc 2016
              Cabernet Franc from Lake County, North Coast, California
              • WE90
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            • Vigilance Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
              Vigilance Sauvignon Blanc 2019
              Sauvignon Blanc from Red Hills, Lake County, North Coast, California
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              • High Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
                High Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
                Cabernet Sauvignon from High Valley, Lake County, North Coast, California
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                • Steele Shooting Star Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
                  Steele Shooting Star Pinot Noir 2017
                  Pinot Noir from Lake County, North Coast, California
                  • WW89
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                • Six Sigma Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Front Label
                  Six Sigma Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
                  Cabernet Sauvignon from Lake County, North Coast, California
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                  • Two Angels Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
                    Two Angels Sauvignon Blanc 2018
                    Sauvignon Blanc from High Valley, Lake County, North Coast, California
                    • WE90
                    3.9 6 Ratings
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