SRP of $17. This was a vacation purchase at Harris-Teeter for $9.99.
From the bottle:
“Shannon Ridge is a family-owned vineyard and winery located on the steep mountain slopes of Lake County, California. We are dedicated to sustainable farming practices thus producing the finest mountain fruit possible. The distinctive terroir of each of our hillside vineyards (ranches) gives the winemaker a full flavor palette from which he creates the masterful blend of Ranch Collection wines.
The grapes used to produce our 2008 Wrangler Red came from the hills and slopes of ultra-premium vineyards of Lake County, California. Aged with French and American oak, it’s a blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Mourvedre and Tempranillo, creating a multi layered wine of great depth and a silky smooth finish.
Today’s wine is another excellent one from Lake County, California, one of our favorite value regions at the moment. As I was wandering through Harris-Teeter while we were on vacation recently I happened upon this bottle and immediately recognized Shannon Ridge as the vineyard behind one of our more recent Bulk Buys, the Vigilance Cimarron (One Finely Crafted Cuvée). Being a huge fan of red blends, especially those under $10, I knew I had to give it a try.
The 2008 Shannon Ridge Ranch Collection Lake County Wrangler Red begins with a really excellent and fragrant aroma of sweet blackberry, plum, vanilla and black pepper. Tasting the wine shows lots of rich, supple fruit layered with excellent spice. The primary flavors are blackberry and plum like the bouquet along with slightly sour black cherry and a little bit of smoky tobacco. The wine has a really nice velvety smooth texture with soft tannins. On the finish the sweet blackberry lingers for a good time with a little smoke poking through as well. Highly recommended.
Also, if you’re wondering about the name of the wine, it actually pays homage to owner Clay Shannon who wears Wrangler jeans just about everyday!
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.
Overall Rating: 8.0
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