Shannon Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2005

External Review by Sam's Wine:

The nose of the 2005 Shannon Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits nicely integrated aromas of ripe plum pomegranate, blueberry, tamarind, and a touch of toasted French oak. The flavors follow with undertones of blackberry, clove, allspice and brambly characteristics. This wine has a medium-full body, good structure an even palate with a pleasing finish.

Add winemaker's notes
  • + My Wines

    My Wines

    Save in My Wines

    Add to Wishlist

    My Cellar

  • + List It
  • + Critic Score

    Submit a Critic Score

    Score:

    Name of Critic:

    Close
0 5 0.5
Average Rating Rate It Add
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

External Reviews for Shannon Ridge Sauvignon Blanc

External Review
Source: Sam's Wine
09/15/2009

The nose of the 2005 Shannon Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits nicely integrated aromas of ripe plum pomegranate, blueberry, tamarind, and a touch of toasted French oak. The flavors follow with undertones of blackberry, clove, allspice and brambly characteristics. This wine has a medium-full body, good structure an even palate with a pleasing finish.


External Review
Source: Appellation America
09/03/2008

High Valley is an oval volcanic bowl, like a giant college football stadium, a mile or so above Clear Lake. It’s fun to visit, not just for the unusual visual experience but also for how much geology you can learn in a hurry. There are two estate wineries in High Valley, and one of them is Shannon Ridge. Clay Shannon and his wife, Margarita, started releasing wines from their vineyard in 2004. Things are steadily improving, and the flavor imprint of the land in the wine is starting to emerge. This Cabernet, for example, was in a North Coast (California) flight so I knew it was American. But it tasted a whole lot more French to my palate. The aroma set is immediately distinctive: pomegranate and green bell pepper. This may sound weird, but both those flavors are “intermediate” in intensity and they meld surprisingly well (like the red plums and green bell peppers in Medoc). The aromas are not a fluke, either, because you get them as flavors along with some light toast and light milk chocolate. The winery says it’s 15.1% alcohol, but they also say the wine was picked at 23.1° brix, so I doubt both numbers. Just try the wine and taste High Valley: one of the more unusual winegrowing spots in California.




Best Wine Deals

See More Deals »

Cabernet Sauvignon Top Lists








Snooth Media Network