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Every now and then I find a wine or a winery that gets me excited about the wine business and makes me want to share the news with everyone! This is one of those times. Clay and Margarita Shannon and their wineries, Vigilance and Shannon Ridge are just what the doctor ordered for you and I. Real wines made by real people, all estate grown and bottled. They are places you can visit in Lake County; and if you go there, you’ll find a beautiful and unique environment, perfect for making delicious wines.Clay and Margarita both grew up in wine country and worked in the wine industry but it was an excursion to Lake County and the sight of hillside vineyards above Clear Lake, sheltered by Mount Konocti that gave them their “Aha!” moment. They bought one and then another vineyard site and the path was set. Today they own a large tracts of vineyards situated at elevations of 1,200 to 1,400 feet above sea level and even higher, making fruit that goes into their Shannon Ridge and Vigilance labels.Stop in and give them a try. I think they will become a staple around your ranch!

-Bill The Wine Guy

 


 

Vigilance Cabernet Sauvignon Lake County 2012
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A beautiful, deep garnet color. Aromas of black cherry, tobacco leaf, spice, and sweet oak lead to flavors of ripe cherries, cassis and hints of vanilla bean.

 


 

Vigilance Chardonnay Lake County 2013
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At elevations ranging from 1,400 to 3,000 feet and located at the base of Mount Konocti, once an active volcano, the Red Hills AVA features rolling hills, red volcanic soils, and a lake effect breeze from Clear Lake, one of North America’s oldest natural lakes. The fruit for this wine was 70% barrel fermented to create a creamy richness. A portion of the fruit was put through malo-lactic fermentation to add buttery layers and complexity to the wine. This golden straw colored wine has aromas of green apple and refreshing tropical flavors.

 


 

Shannon Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Lake County 2012
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The Shannon Ridge 2012 High Elevation Cabernet Sauvignon is a deep, dark ruby color. It has aromas of dark berries, vanilla and spice. The flavors include Bing cherry, raspberry and vanilla. It’s a smooth wine with good structure.

 


 

Shannon Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Lake County
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The High Valley Sauvignon Blanc has aromas of lemongrass, ripe melon, fig, lime peel and grass notes. Flavors of lemon-lime, ripe tropical fruits, and mineral notes, give way to crisp acids and a long and lingering finish. The perfect summertime choice! Enjoy with shellfish or a wide variety of cheeses.

 


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