Shannon Ridge Winery lies in the lesser known California wine region of Lake County. Located north of Napa Valley, the wines produced in the Lake County AVA are influenced by its high elevation, volcanic soils rich with minerals, and by Clear Lake which is California's largest inland body of water. This wine region has over 30 wineries with over 9,000 acres of vineyards.
The 2015 (13% alc./$10.00) starts with an intense dark red in the glass. There are strong aromas of ripe purple plum and dark cherry, with tastes of black licorice (which gives it a slightly medicinal taste), cherries and ripe strawberries. The tastes become more complex and smoother as the wine opens.
If you enjoy Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc, this white wine from Greece might be a nice alternative and is worth a try. Skouras Moscofilero is a dry white Greek wine produced by George Skouras, owner and winemaker at Domaine Skouras. Established in 1987 the winery is located in Argolinda Valley in the southern region of Peloponnese, where the Nemea and Mantineia appellations are located.
We thoroughly enjoyed this wine! Pouring it into the glass the legs lingered along the sides and the delectable aromas included dark berry, earth, purple plum and cherry. On the palate, there were intense notes of cherries and vanilla spice. The finish was semi-dry and smooth with mild tannins and acidity.
The 2017 (13.5% alc.) is an easy to drink wine with a dark ruby red color in the glass. There are aromas of earth, spice and black fruit. The wine has a smooth taste of ripe fruits and toast, with light tannins and just the right amount of acidity.
The grape varietals used to produce this pleasant-drinking wine include Aragonez, Alicante Bouschet, Trincadeira and Cabernet Sauvignon.