About the Wine
Shannon Winery is a place where tradition meets innovation, where the rugged spirit of the land intertwines with the artistry of winemaking. Founder Clay Shannon, a true maverick, embarked on a journey in 1996 that would redefine winemaking. His determination to cultivate exceptional fruit in harmony with nature led to the creation of the Shannon Family of Wines. With over 2,000 acres of breathtaking mountain property, where over 1,000 are planted with vines, the Shannon Family of Wines stands as a testament to commitment and creativity.
At Shannon Family of Wines, the commitment to the environment isn't just a phase, it's a lifestyle that’s impregnated into every aspect of the family’s operations. The accolades, including the California Green Medal Environment Award, stand as proof of their unwavering dedication. The winery is Sustainable Certified, and they’re on their way to becoming one of the largest Certified Organic mountain-grown vineyards in the U.S.
Exceptional wine matures over time. On the north slopes of High Valley, nestled in the fertile Franciscan soils, a hidden 2.7-acre gem awaits within Betsy's Vineyard. These ancient vines, aged for over 30 years, yield petite clusters of the most delectable Petite Sirah grapes.
Aging: 9 months in French and American oak.
Tasting Notes: 100% Petite Sirah. Picked at the peak of ripeness, this rustic varietal shows off dark fruits of blackberry, and blueberry and hints of cranberry, black pepper, cedar, warm spices, and toasty vanilla notes.
A big structure of tannins and full body are totally up to the task of framing the huge blackberry and blueberry flavors of this mouthfilling wine. But it's the added nuances of cocoa, tobacco and graphite in the aromas that seal the deal. Best from 2025. ~92 Wine Enthusiast.
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