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Shannon Ridge High Elevation Petite Sirah 2015

Petite Sirah from Lake County, North Coast, California
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13.9% ABV
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3.9 6 Ratings
13.9% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Harvested in September, this Petite Sirah exudes blackberry, blueberry, and fresh plums with a hint of dried herbs. Black pepper, cedar, warm spices, and toasty vanilla notes come out after aging this wine on a combination of French and America oak for 9 months.

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This deeply colored wine has earthy and toasty aromas, ample blackberry and blueberry flavors, good concentration and a soft texture. It feels smooth, with finegrained tannins.
WW 90
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: I have always said that Petite Sirah is one of California's best red wine values. The wines offer loads of fruit and sit so nicely on the palate. TASTING NOTES: The 2015 Shannon Ridge High Elevation Petite Sirah surrounds the palate with an excellent grapiness that stays persistent and fine. (Tasted: April 27, 2018, San Francisco, CA)
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Shannon Ridge, Lake County, North Coast, California
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Shannon Ridge is dedicated to crafting luscious, fruit-driven wines that express the distinct characteristics of fruit grown in the high valley region of Lake County, California. Family-owned and operated, Shannon Ridge was founded in 2001. The winery's vineyards hug the mountain rims along the south-east edge of High Valley AVA. Surrounded by dramatic landscapes and pristine wilderness, the story of High Valley is clearly visible from our property. At 2,200 feet, on top of the Terre Vermeille vineyard look to your south, you'll see the deep blue waters of Clear Lake, that provide cooling winds throughout our long summer days. Turn to the west, and you can distinguish where the lava flows give way to the alluvial fan of the ancient lake bed on the valley floor. And from the north, and you can feel the cold night winds from Snow Mountain and the peaks of the Mendocino National Forest.

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A major force on the global playing field, California is the world’s fourth largest wine-producing region on the planet and the majority of land under vine here is devoted to red varieties—they cover nearly double the vineyard acreage compared to whites.

While the state’s incredibly diverse terrain and microclimates allow for countless red wine styles, the one factor unifying all California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season, which leads to well-developed and fully ripened fruit.

The most famous region today, of course, is the acclaimed Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Bordeaux Blends garner global attention and in some cases, cult status.

Sonoma County, nestled between Napa Valley and the Pacific Ocean, claims great variability in geography and microclimates with vineyards climbing up mountains, reaching far into valleys and stretching along some the state’s most dramatic coastlines. Here world-class Pinot Noir is possible from Sonoma’s cooler sites while Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon do well in its warmer locations.

The Central Coast, Lodi and the Sierra Foothills also excel in the production of Zinfandel, and remain active new frontiers for Rhône and Spanish varieties.

Mendocino in California’s cool North Coast region is a fantastic source of Pinot noir.

Winemaking in California dates back to the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted the first wine grapes. But the industry experienced its first boom with the Gold Rush in the last half of the 19th century when miners brought vines to the Sierra Foothills.

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