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"This crisp, bracing wine blends modest fruit flavors with appealing savory, mineral notes that are subtle and fascinating. Its complexity, medium body and great acidity make a winning combination."
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 Americas oldest natural lakes.
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wner and visionary leader of Shannon Ridge Family of Wines, Clay Shannon has transformed his ranch into one of the agricultural icons of California's North Coast, and in doing so is changing the face and substance of grape-growing in the USA.
Clay grew up on a farm in Healdsburg in Sonoma County. He began his career as a vineyard manager in St. Helena, traveling the wine regions of California managing the company's vineyards. A short time later he started his own vineyard management company, growing grapes for some of the top wineries and fruit companies in Northern California.
In 1995, Clay discovered a magnificent piece of property in the hills overlooking Clear Lake in Lake County, thirty-five miles north of Napa's famed vineyards. He quickly set out to develop vineyards, Clay's vision was simple: "We wanted to grow the best fruit in the world," says Clay, "but we wanted to do it in a way that made us happy living there."