Shannon Ridge bottle

Shannon Ridge

Zinfandel, 2015

Nobody in Lake County owns more vineyard land or releases more critically acclaimed wines than Clay Shannon, founder of Shannon Ridge. Not bad for a guy who started as an hourly vineyard worker 20 years ago. Spending all those years working the vines by hand helped Clay understand the environmental impact of farming at a vine-by-vine level. This inspired him to create the Ovis Cycle, an internationally recognized sustainable farming system built around sheep.

Profile

Shannon Ridge Zinfandel is full and rich—but without the excessive oak and sugar of a more typical California Zin.

Low
High
TANNIN
SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Dark Purple
APPEARANCE
Dark Purple
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Apricot
Blueberry
Almond
Plum

Pairing

These wines are about balancing concentration and complexity. Rhône red blends, Syrah/Shiraz and Zweigelt all have intense flavors of dark fruit accented with spice notes—black pepper, clove or cinnamon, to name a few. That fruity-peppery symmetry is simply beautiful with lamb, a specialty in the Rhône Valley.

TASTING TIP

While a fruity Zin can seem sweet, a high-quality Zin—like this—contains very little sugar.

A bold red is always great with a burger—especially when the wine has a spicy kick that complements this burger's lively salsa.

A bold red is always great with a burger—especially when the wine has a spicy kick that complements this burger's lively salsa.

Pick a bold red with a spicy kick. It has weight to match the risotto and the complexity to complement the pork. Just yum.

Pour a bold red with a spicy kick to match the big, juicy cheeseburger goodness on the plate. Then take a nap.

A sweet, spicy, beefy dish is always great with a bold, fruity red that has a spicy kick of its own. Don't overthink it!

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More About The Wine

Lake County, just north of Napa, is divided into five small grape-growing areas. Big Valley District sits at 1,400 feet above sea level, where the grapes are exposed to more intense sunlight. But the cool temperatures slow the ripening process, so the grapes develop intense flavors. It’s why they’re often used to add flavor to Napa wines.

DID YOU KNOW?

Shannon Ridge’s use of sheep to trim and fertilize vineyards, in lieu of tractors, helps prevent erosion and reduces the threat of wildfires.

  • VARIETY
    Zinfandel
  • VINTAGE
    2015
  • VINEYARD
    Finley Vineyard
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Big Valley District, Lake County, California
  • OAK
    Stainless Steel and French Oak
  • SOIL
    Various
  • ALCOHOL
    13.9%
  • FARMING
    Certified Sustainable

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