2018 Sauvignon Blanc from Betsy’s Vineyard in High Valley Appellation.
Clay Shannon began his career as a vineyard manager, farming wine regions of California. Now owner and visionary leader of Shannon Ridge Family of Wines, his passion is simple…. Grow the best fruit possible, while preserving the land for future generations. For Clay, sustainability is not just a philosophy, it’s a way of life.
Each year we pick out the most balanced and lip smacking Sauvignon Blanc on the property, and every year Betsy’s Vineyard Block 2A is it! It’s north slope and Franciscan soils provide an excellent combination for growing Clone 1 Sauvignon Blanc on 3309 Rootstock. We fermented in stainless tanks and took 240 gallons (10%) to age it in French/Acacia, light toast hybrid barrels. This creates an added layer of texture and enhances floral characteristics. Leaf suckering, cover crop mowing, and composting are all diligently managed by the sheep.
Aromas of white peach, lime rind and fresh herbs, balance the intriguing flavors of gooseberry, stone fruit and wet stones.
~ Joy Merrilees, Director of Winemaking and Production