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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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  • Shannon Ridge Buck Shack Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
    Shannon Ridge Buck Shack Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel 2019
    Zinfandel from Lake County, North Coast, California
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    • Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
      Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Hills, Lake County, North Coast, California
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    • OVIS Petite Sirah 2016 Front Label
      OVIS Petite Sirah 2016
      Petite Sirah from High Valley, Lake County, North Coast, California
      • WE93
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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 2017  Front Label
        Steele Writer's Block Cabernet Franc 2017
        Cabernet Franc from Lake County, North Coast, California
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        • Steele Cabernet Franc 2018  Front Label
          Steele Cabernet Franc 2018
          Cabernet Franc from Lake County, North Coast, California
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          • Shannon Ridge Wrangler Red 2019  Front Label
            Shannon Ridge Wrangler Red 2019
            Other Red Blends from Lake County, North Coast, California
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            • Steele Shooting Star Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
              Steele Shooting Star Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Lake County, North Coast, California
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              • Steele Red Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
                Steele Red Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Hills, Lake County, North Coast, California
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              • Tuck Beckstoffer 75 Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
                Tuck Beckstoffer 75 Sauvignon Blanc 2019
                Sauvignon Blanc from Lake County, North Coast, California
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                • Steele Shooting Star Merlot 2016  Front Label
                  Steele Shooting Star Merlot 2016
                  Merlot from Lake County, North Coast, California
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                  • Six Sigma Ranch Asbill Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2017  Front Label
                    Six Sigma Ranch Asbill Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2017
                    Sauvignon Blanc from Lake County, North Coast, California
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