May Wine of the Month

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May Wine of the Month

2015 Shannon Ridge High Elevation Collection Petite Sirah Lake County is a super-bargain, and a deliciously balanced red wine.

DNA mapping has discovered that Petite Sirah is actually Durif, a cross between the obscure French Alpine grape Poulsard and the noble Syrah of northern Rhone.  Here, in California, and increasingly in Australia and South America, it has found a niche popularity among those who favor bold red wines. 


Using sheep to mow the growth between their vines might seem like rolling the calendar back to the middle ages, but Shannon Ridge's Lake County vineyards do just that.  It's part of president and CEO Clay Shannon's sustainability efforts for their various projects.  The Shannon Ridge label is reserved for mountain vines farmed at elevations of 1,200 to 2,400 feet, making wines that are aged over a year in oak.

Certified sustainable fruit sourced at high elevations gives this wine an underlying elegance that balances perfectly with the power and intensity that Petite Sirah offers. Expect to find blackberry, plum and boysenberry flavors that make this grape a good substitute for anyone looking for a Zinfandel wine. Nine months in French and American oak is time well spent as the grapes full body and high tannins mellow and smooth with age. This dark inky opaque wine does more than stain your teeth and lips as the grapes thick skins provide 2 to 3 more times antioxidants than other grapes. Enjoy this wine with friends at your next BBQ or with a mole sauce that has dark chocolate as an ingredient.

$13.99 per bottle   $167.88 per case


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