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Shannon Ridge Roussanne Morine Ranch 2009

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Not much going on on the nose, though with air some very pithy lime notes emerge along with note of pumice stone, almond milk and hints of sage. Nicely balanced on the palate, this is rich and round but has both decent acidity and fine minerality to help add detail to the palate. The fruit is subdued and transparent which helps highlight the integrated mineral notes here. A fine pear skin note emerges on the back end along with a gently sweet fruitiness that recalls some melon. The melon flavor appears on the moderately long if subtle finish as well, along with a bit of heat on the finale. A wine you have to think about to fully enjoy. 86pts

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Color: White
Varietal: Roussanne
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Shannon Ridge:
We both grew up in California's wine country: Clay in the Healdsburg area in Sonoma County, and Margarita in St. Helena in Napa County. We met when we were both working at a Napa Valley winery. From there, we went on to build a vineyard management and development company. We’ve grown fruit for many wonderful people and we've enjoyed tasting what our grapes have contributed to their wines. Stil... Read more
We both grew up in California's wine country: Clay in the Healdsburg area in Sonoma County, and Margarita in St. Helena in Napa County. We met when we were both working at a Napa Valley winery. From there, we went on to build a vineyard management and development company. We’ve grown fruit for many wonderful people and we've enjoyed tasting what our grapes have contributed to their wines. Still, we wondered how our wine grapes would stand up on their own. For us, the challenge was to take our grapes from bud break all the way to the bottle. Our goal was to make really enjoyable wines that taste like perfectly ripe grapes on the day you harvest them. In the late 1980's we began working with wine grapes from Lake County and recognized the area's potential to grow great mountain fruit. Then, in 1995, we visited a magnificent mountain property about 35 miles north of the Napa county line. At altitudes of 2,100 to 2,400 feet above sea level these steep mountain ridges are cooled by steady winds off Clear Lake and from the higher peaks just north of us. The lean, rocky volcanic soils promised to make the vines produce small berries with concentrated flavors. There was also the stunning beauty of the ridge. To the south, you see the deep blue waters of Clear Lake sheltered by Mount Konocti. To the north, snow capped mountains loom above, and all around us brick-red rocky soils. The landscape is rugged and wild and so are our neighbors -- we're surrounded by wildlife. In addition to the ducks, geese, deer, raccoons, quail, golden eagles, wild turkey, chipmunks and bobcats that visit us regularly, we've spotted bald eagles, a mother bear and her cubs and mountain lion tracks! Everything about this land screamed out to us, and we answered with an enthusiastic “yes!” Our first vineyard on the ridge was Terre Vermeille, which is planted to Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera and Sauvignon Blanc. Since then, we've developed several additional vineyards and have put down our roots here. For the first three years we lived in a small cabin on the Caldwell Ranch. We've moved into a more accommodating home with magnificent views of the vineyards and mountain ridges. We're fully committed to this adventure and we invite you to join us. Visit us at Shannon Ridge – or stay in touch through our website. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Shannon Ridge Roussanne Morine Ranch

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065221,567
3.00 5
04/03/2012

Not much going on on the nose, though with air some very pithy lime notes emerge along with note of pumice stone, almond milk and hints of sage. Nicely balanced on the palate, this is rich and round but has both decent acidity and fine minerality to help add detail to the palate. The fruit is subdued and transparent which helps highlight the integrated mineral notes here. A fine pear skin note emerges on the back end along with a gently sweet fruitiness that recalls some melon. The melon flavor appears on the moderately long if subtle finish as well, along with a bit of heat on the finale. A wine you have to think about to fully enjoy. 86pts


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Snooth User: Kristin Watts
8549492,200
2.50 5
05/02/2012

Sweet nose of banana and tropical fruits with a full palate, very sweet and a zing finish


Snooth User: Kate Statton
8538361,079
2.00 5
04/02/2012

Some peach and apple here with a bit of acid.


Snooth User: Sara Weinbrom
1024273727
3.00 5
04/30/2012

Apple with a bit of almond. Slight acid, and well balanced.




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