Shadow Ridge comes to us from one of the major families in the California wine industry, Bianchi. Joseph Bianchi founded his first winery with his son, Glenn, in 1974 in the San Joaquin Valley. They initially made jug wines, but yearned for the opportunity to make ultra-premium wines as their ancestors had in Italy.
Their quest took them to Paso Robles in 2000, where they purchased 40 acres. On it, they built a showplace winery complete with a tasting room and hospitality center.
They planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah and Merlot, based on which varietals grew best on each parcel of their vineyard. Meticulous time and energy was spent to pick the right varietal that would take advantage of each plot.
Adjustments were made over the years, but by making the effort to adhere to every principle of fine winemaking, they have been tremendously successful in their pursuit.
It's hot in Paso Robles! Training the leaves to shade the grapes and thus filter the sun's rays ameliorates the effects of the heat. Though an expensive and painstaking process, it's absolutely worth it. The result is the elixir you will experience in your glass and on your palate from your very first sip.
This is extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignon, with elegance and grace to compare with any grown in the state. The flavors are both large and lovely, with the power of Cabernet evident, but also its elegance.