Farmed sustainably on Lake County hillsides, this opaque, grown-up Petite Sirah offers a lot of pleasure for the money. Get the steaks on the grill, and take home a bottle!
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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.
Like most Petite Sirahs, you can't see through this dark garnet colored wine. The toasty oak aroma combined with dusty flavors of crushed berries and stones reveal a wine of pedigree. It's full bodied and loaded with fruit, but you never get the sense you are drinking overripe wine. Juicy at first, it is balanced by just enough tannins to create a handsome structure. As the flavors slide across your tongue, you may detect minerally flavors of blackberries and cassis that just call out for beef. At 13.9% alcohol, this well-crafted wine avoids the temptation to go sweet. It's a wine for grown-up palates, and a wine we're proud to offer.
This Shannon Ridge Lake County High Elevation Collection Petite is surprisingly accomplished, stacking up well among much pricier wines.