Clay Shannon, Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Lake County, CA
Grapes from High Valley (dark, deep, rich) with Red Hills (bright red fruit, elegance) that together create a complex, classic Cabernet Sauvignon.
COUNTRY: United State of America (USA)
APPELLATION (AVA): Lake County
VINEYARD(S): 84% High Valley, 16% Red Hills
GRAPES: !00% Cabernet Sauvignon
VINIFICATION: 20% New French Oak, 12 Month Aging
COLOR: Deep red garnet
BODY: Medium to full (8-9)
PRIMARY AROMAS: Blackberry jam, spices, cedar, blonde cigar box, charred chimney wood
FLAVOR: Mid-palate weight, black fruit, dried mint, complex exotic wood with texture and mid dry tannin. Round, warm comforting finish.
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION:
Dry rubbed short ribs, Charred pork belly, filet mignon with dark dry cocoa sauce.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
Clay Shannon began his career as a vineyard manager, farming wine regions of California. Now owner and visionary leader of Shannon Ridge Family of Wines, his passion is simple…. Grow the best fruit possible, while preserving the land for future generations. For Clay, sustainability is not just a philosophy, it’s a way of life.
ABOUT THE LKE COUNTY VINEYARD:
The Lake County wine-growing region is divided into seven recognized appellations, each with its own terroir, or sense of place, that produces grapes and wines of compelling quality and character.
High Valley AVA:
Situated above the northeast shores of Clear Lake in Lake County, this distinct growing area is defined by steep mountain ridges rising up to 3,000 feet directly from this hanging valley’s floor at 1,700 feet. Approximately nine miles long and three miles wide, this rare east-west transverse in the Californian coastal range was created by volcanic activity of Round Mountain.
The distinct watershed boundaries of this region determine that soils found within the High Valley area are derived only from parent material found within the basin. Brick-red volcanic cinders and pumice-like gravel and stones allow for superior drainage. The western edge and middle of High Valley are composed of gravelly loams created from eroded Franciscan shales.
Red Hills AVA:
Located in the northern Mayacamas Mountains, the Red Hills of Lake County frame the southwest edge of Clear Lake. Comprised of dozens of volcanic hills ranging from 1,350 to over 3,700 feet above sea level, the appellation lies right over the North Coast Magna Pocket. As a result, the Red Hills are the latest formation of the volcanic and tectonic processes that created many of the famous hillside regions of the North Coast.
Volcanic origin from neighboring Mount Konocti, producing well-drained vineyards rich in black obsidian, quartz crystals and volcanic gravel content, and strikingly red in color. Three general soil types predominate: Glenview-Bottlerock- Arrowhead, Konocti-Benridge, and Collayomi-Aiken.