Shadow Ranch

5306202785 7050 Fairplay Rd
Fairplay, CA 95684
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In the Heart of El Dorado’s Fair Play Region nestled in the Sierra Foothills is the Shadow Ranch. Founded in 2006 by Sam & Kimari Patterson after nearly a decade of searching California’s premium grape growing areas for the ideal place to produce premium wines. Shadow Ranch emerged as a dream to create unique wine; distinctive in flavor and quality, that define excellence. Our exceptional portfolio of wines, is consistently characterized by our commitment to individualistic style and an uncommon quality. Upon his arrival in 2001 to the Sierra Foothills Sam began searching for an appropriate site to grow wine grapes and quickly recognized that the best wines in the Sierra Foothills were made from grapes grown in Fair Play. With the purchase of the 80 estate complete, we began planting our vineyards and converting the old farm house and barns into our winery and tasting room. Today we have a fully contemporary winery dedicated to making world-class wine. With a total production of a 1500 cases Read more »

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  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

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  • Long Shadow Ranch Temecula Valley Cinsaut 2007


    88 points.The aroma is loaded with cranberry preserves and ripe raspberry. There are a ton of floral tones that remind me of lilac and violet, and it comes across as very highly perfumed. There is also something in there that makes me think of Mexican hot chocolate (spicy, frothy, and full of cacao.)The palate is just as perfumed and concentrate... Read More

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