Our Wine Of The Week is 2016 High Valley Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc. This great warm weather sip is produced by Shannon Ridge in California’s Lake County, Napa Valley’s neighbor to the north. Lake County vineyards provide grapes for many of Napa’s better Sauvignon Blanc producers. Shannon Ridge produces seven different labels and releases about 30 wines each year, High Valley Vineyard is one of those brands.
The High Valley AVA in eastern Lake County ranges in elevation from 1,600 to 3,000 feet, with Sauvignon Blanc grown primarily in the area’s lower valley. Cool Pacific Ocean breezes counter Lake County’s generally warm growing season.
2016 High Valley Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc offers aromas of pear, kiwi and apricot, with tastes of grapefruit, apricot and lime well balanced with a soft acidity and moderate alcohol (13.9%). Retail: $24. Break out the ice bucket and serve well-chilled on these hot August nights.
Read notes from my recent Wine Adventure at the Shannon Ridge Family Of Wines tasting room.