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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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  • High Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    High Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from High Valley, Lake County, North Coast, California
      4.1 33 Ratings
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    • Vigilance Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
      Vigilance Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Hills, Lake County, North Coast, California
        3.6 43 Ratings
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      • Shannon Ridge High Elevation Petite Sirah 2018  Front Label
        Shannon Ridge High Elevation Petite Sirah 2018
        Petite Sirah from Lake County, North Coast, California
        • WW91
        • WE90
        3.9 288 Ratings
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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
          4.2 252 Ratings
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        • Shannon Ridge High Elevation Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
          Shannon Ridge High Elevation Zinfandel 2019
          Zinfandel from Lake County, North Coast, California
            4.0 13 Ratings
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          • Vigilance Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
            Vigilance Sauvignon Blanc 2019
            Sauvignon Blanc from Red Hills, Lake County, North Coast, California
              3.9 40 Ratings
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            • Shannon Reserve Home Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
              Shannon Reserve Home Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Lake County, North Coast, California
                4.2 15 Ratings
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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
                  4.1 45 Ratings
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                • Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
                  Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
                  Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Hills, Lake County, North Coast, California
                  • WE93
                  • WW91
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                • Playtime Blonde Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                  Playtime Blonde Chardonnay 2018
                  Chardonnay from Lake County, North Coast, California
                    4.1 26 Ratings
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                  • Vigilance Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                    Vigilance Chardonnay 2018
                    Chardonnay from Red Hills, Lake County, North Coast, California
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                    • Vigilance Cimarron 2017  Front Label
                      Vigilance Cimarron 2017
                      Other Red Blends from Lake County, North Coast, California
                      • WW89
                      3.7 72 Ratings
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                    • Shannon Ridge Wrangler Red 2017 Front Label
                      Shannon Ridge Wrangler Red 2017
                      Other Red Blends from Lake County, North Coast, California
                      • WW89
                      3.9 63 Ratings
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                    • Shannon Ridge High Elevation Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
                      Shannon Ridge High Elevation Chardonnay 2019
                      Chardonnay from Lake County, North Coast, California
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                      • Shannon Reserve Two Bud Block Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
                        Shannon Reserve Two Bud Block Zinfandel 2016
                        Zinfandel from High Valley, Lake County, North Coast, California
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                        • Shannon Ridge Buck Shack Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
                          Shannon Ridge Buck Shack Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
                          Cabernet Sauvignon from Lake County, North Coast, California
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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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                            • Six Sigma Ranch Asbill Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
                              Six Sigma Ranch Asbill Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2018
                              Sauvignon Blanc from Lake County, North Coast, California
                              • WE90
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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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                              • High Valley Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
                                High Valley Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2019
                                Sauvignon Blanc from High Valley, Lake County, North Coast, California
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