High Elevation Highlight
The jewel of Lake County is the body of water it’s named for, Clear Lake. The largest natural freshwater lake in California, it’s a popular destination for water skiing, bass fishing and kayaking but also acts as moderating climate influencer. North of Napa and Sonoma, Lake County, in the shadow of Mt. Konocti, an extinct volcano, has built up a reputation for its fine, affordable Cabernet Sauvignons. The Shannon Family, with their base here, has been a local ranching fixture for several generations. In 1996, they identified prime locations, planted vineyards and began making wine. Going forward from 2022, their vineyards are now certified organic and sustainable. While the appellation is Lake County, all of the fruit comes from three estate-owned higher elevation vineyards located in the High Valley, Red Hills and Big Valley sub-appellations. Gentle, smoky oak aromas start us off. Seductive, mouth-filling, dark berry fruit flavours are followed by notes of pepper and spice leading to a lengthy, satisfying finish marked by hints of cedar and smoky oak. A soft grip of tannins in the finish wraps up this noble yet very approachable Cabernet Sauvignon. On the way to your local LCBO retail outlet to purchase this wine, make sure to drop by your local butcher to pick up some lamb chops that beckon to be BBQ’d and paired with this complex red. Wine Enthusiast scored the wine with 92 points.
2019 Shannon Ridge High Elevation Cabernet Sauvignon #16182, $21.95.