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Wine Review - Shannon Ridge Urgency Pinot Noir

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Sheep in the vineyard create a sustainable, natural balance to wine making
By Carol A. Wilcox   Graphics by Paul Wilcox
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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.
Sustainable Farming Practices
Owner Clay Shannon practices sustainable farming by using sheep to control weeds, to graze, to do shoot thinning, and to apply natural fertilizer. His sheep are also used to mow the non-crop land which helps to reduce the threat of wildfires.
This is a small family-owned business that grows their own fruit and makes their own wine, producing varietals including Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Malbec, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Zinfandel.
Shannon Ridge Urgency Pinot Noir
We recently tasted Urgency Pinot Noir (Purchased $30/13% alc) and we were not disappointed. It has a beautiful opaque red color in the glass with aromas of cherry, spice and dried herbs including thyme and sage. On the palate, there were tastes of lush red ripe fruit, baking spice and white pepper. The finish was long and smooth, with balanced tannins. Click to Buy Now.
Foods to Pair with this Wine
This is the perfect wine to pair with a variety of traditional holiday foods including turkey or porkloin. This wine will also pair nicely with hearty cheeses or a mushroom risotto.
Details
Vigilance Vineyard Tasting Room
13888 Point Lakeview River Road
Lower Lake, CA
707.994.9656

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