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Shannon Ridge 2016 “High Elevation Collection” Sauvignon Blanc Lake County (California)

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Shannon Ridge 2016 "High Elevation Collection" Sauvignon Blanc Lake County (California)
Shannon Ridge 2016 “High Elevation Collection” Sauvignon Blanc Lake County (California)

Shannon Ridge is located in California’s Lake County, which is a hard place to make wine. Not because great wine can’t be made, but because it’s always in the (metaphorical) shadow of its closest neighbor: Napa Valley. I’ve reviewed two other Shannon Ridge wines in the past decade: their Single Vineyard Tempranillo and the Wrangler Red. Both were rated in the low 90’s.

This is the style of Sauvignon Blanc that only a Cali winemaker can accomplish. Stylistically, it’s somewhere between a  high-end Bordeaux Blanc and a New Zealander.  On the nose, there is quince, buttered herbs, and spring flowers. The palate is texturally rich and slightly decadent, although the fresh acidity opens up in the mid-palate. The finish hints at tomato leaf and bay leaf and progresses into zesty grapefruit.

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