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Shannon Ridge Acquires Steele Wines Welcoming A New Family Of Wine

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LOWER LAKE, CA Effective August 17th, Shannon Ridge Family of Wines announced the acquisition of Steele Wines, of Finley, California. Shannon Ridge has purchased the Lake County winery facilities and their diverse portfolio of brands and trademarks, including Shooting Star, Stymie, and Writers Block.

This merger represents the perfect solution for both parties, says Shannon Ridge founder and President, Clay Shannon. Strategically, the increased production capacity and storage space allows us to continue our expansion goals while providing the Steele Wines family of brands a local partner to further their market distribution. Shannon Ridge can now easily surpass its 310,000 annual case volume and continue to champion 21st-century winemaking methods for high-elevation varietals.

Beyond strategic value, the acquisition of Steele Wines epitomizes the pioneering spirit of Clay Shannon. His mission since 1996 has been to promote Lake County as a premier wine-producing region in California, combined with an unwavering commitment to sustainable operations. To underscore this point: only 45% of the winerys 2500 acres have been converted to vineyards, preserving the rest of the property for natural wildlife to pass through peacefully.

Shannon ridge was advised in this transaction by former and now retired Shannon Ridge CFO, Don Chase of Don Chase Wine Industry Management Services.

Clay Shannon Cabernet Sauvignon $2698

Awarded 90 Points by

From the hillsides of 2 California Counties.

Bright fruit and spice come from the high elevations of Lake County and dark fruits and dried herbs come from the low elevations of Napa County.

The merriment of the two create tobacco, cherry, and cassis aromas. On the palate, we get dried fruits, old world spice, integrated oak, and notes of cedar.

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Shannon Ridge Buck Shack Red 2014

Shannon Ridge Buck Shack Red 2014 is a blend of Syrah, Tempranillo, Cabernet, Barbera and Petite Sirah from Lake County, CA. The wine creates a powerful combination of spice, complexity, and structure. Winemaker Joy Merrilees.

For the third drought year in a row, Shannon Ridge Buck Shack Red 2014 was early, mostly due to lack of water. Once ripening began, the hot, dry summer threatened to turn our precious grapes into raisins. It was a race to get them off the vines and into fermenters. It was a smaller crop than average, but intense concentration.

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Nested deep in our vineyards stood a dilapidated 100-year-old skinning shed called the Ye Old Buck Shack. We loved the beauty and history of this old building. We restored it and converted it into a whiskey bar on our property called Sheep Camp. The shack looks and feels like an old Western movie. It serves as a special place for us to gather and use bad judgment

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Shannon Ridge ‘buck Shack’ Red Lake County Prices
    Shannon Ridge Family of Wines is a large producer with extensive land holdings in the North Coast zone of California. There are eight sub-brands within the portfolio. Cabernet Sauvignon , Pinot Noir, Zinfandel are the red grapes which feature most often. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc…92%

Shannon Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon High Elevation 2015

Shannon Ridge High Elevation Petite Sirah Lake County ...

So sometimes simple basics are best. Shannon Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon High Elevation 2015 is a classic, everyday drinking Cabernet. Great fruit upfront, balanced complexity mid-palate and a kiss of oak on the lingering, yet soft finish. Drink now-2025.

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Shannon Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon High Elevation 2015 is a careful blend of three appellations within Lake County. The clusters from High Valley bring red fruit and tannin, the Red Hills Appellation contributes lush fruit and ripe characteristics, and Big Valley grapes add complexity and texture to this wine.

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High Valley Zinfandel $1798

Awarded 91 Points from Wine Enthusiast.

This full-bodied wine is nice and dry, packed with blackberry and black-pepper flavors and layered with fine-grained tannins. It shows very good concentration, depth and structure.

For balance, the winemakers chose barrels that bring in a sweet, toasted characteristic.

Shannon Ridge 2017 High Elevation Collection Petite Sirah

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This full-bodied, full-flavored wine practically bursts with flavors of cocoa powder, blackberry and blueberry. It is dark, rich and concentrated, supported by a massive layer of fine-grained tannins but not so heavy that one couldn’t drink it now with a nice, juicy cut of meat. Best after 2027. Jim Gordon

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Ratings reflect what our editors felt about a particular product. Beyond the rating, we encourage you to read the accompanying tasting note to learn about a products special characteristics.

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Urgency Cabernet Sauvignon $1798

Urgency is a reserve quality Cab from the amazing folks at Shannon Ridge. 100% estate bottled, sustainably farmed wine with class, body and tons of flavor.

Classic notes of cassis, black cherries and has mocha tannins on a big juicy, vanilla-laced finish. A great value and a great Cab for steak on the grill!

Shannon Ridge Reserve Malbec 2014

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Wine Enthusiast 90 “Aromas of boysenberry, blackberry, nutmeg spices, and toffee fill the glass. This full body Malbec has intense flavors of cherry and blackberry along

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Wine Enthusiast 92 “Winemaker Joy Merrilees got more oomph out of Two Bud Block in 2013. A deeper than usual color, darker than normal fruit flavors

” Perched along the ridge top at the upper reaches of High Valley, Shannon Ridge overlooks Clear Lake and Mt. Konocti. Two buds per spur,

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