"El Jaléo" Shake Ridge Ranch Amador County
Thirty-two percent Mourvèdre, twenty-eight percent Grenache, twenty-six percent Graciano and fourteen percent Tempranillo.
Shake Ridge Ranch, in Amador County, was planted and is farmed by Ann Kraemer, a veteran of many years of vineyard management, including numerous Napa Valley sites. The vineyards vary in elevation between 1,500-1,800 feet above sea level. Vineyard blocks are noteworthy for the steepness of the slopes, the variety of soil types, and, most importantly, the meticulousness of the farming.
Fermentations all transpired in half-ton bins. The two pressings, both done at dryness, were barreled separately in old French barriques, each of which had held seventeen prior vintages. Blending of the lots was done in late November after malolactic was complete, and the wine was racked out of barrels in late February. 256 cases produced.
Tasting Notes: Lovely crimson red color. Very pretty nose, so nicely integrated that it seems nearly impossible to discern the identity of any of the component varieties; it’s spicy, fresh, beautifully expressive and wonderfully elegant! Fresh, supple, and vibrant on the palate, with luscious tannins. Altogether suave, from start to finish. In a year or two, this should be stunning.