Notes from the Producer
In 1861 Lake County was created from parts of Napa and Mendocino counties and has since been well known as a farming community.
In the 1870s vineyards were planted and by the early 1900s the area was already earning its reputation for producing “World’s greatest wines”. Prohibition forced an end to the Lake County wine production in 1920; some of the vineyards were removed and replaced with walnut and pear orchards.
The comeback of the wine industry began in the 1960s when a few growers rediscovered the area’s grape growing potential and once again began planting vineyards. Lake County now has more than 8,800 acres of planted vineyards, which is a significant increase from less than 100 acres they had planted in 1965. This area has also seen the recent establishment of several American Viticultural areas such as High Valley and Red Hills-Lake County. We are proud to say that Lake County contains many vineyards that support the California Wine Institute’s Code of Sustainable farming practices.
The grapes used to produce our 2008 Shannon Ridge Lake County Zinfandel were harvested from several different blocks from our family’s vineyards in High Valley appellation in Lake County, California. Deep color and flavors were achieved through a soft punch down extraction during a cool fermentation. Aged in French and American oak to help create a balanced soft mouthfeel.
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