Shane Wine Cellars: New Releases from Mendocino and Sonoma

1031Shane Finely is an affable and very  talented young winemaker.  He is one of  a  new generation of winemakers in Sonoma County who are making a name for themselves  in the industry.   Although only in his 30s  Shane has had a wealth of winemaking experience in France, Australia and California.   He has worked at Domaine Pierre Gaillard in the Rhone, Torbreck in the Barossa Valley, and at Copain and Kosta Browne in California.   Two years ago he became the winemaker at Lynmar Estate, one of the finest wineries  in the Russian River Valley. 

In his spare time, Shane is the owner and winemaker of Shane Wine Cellars.   It is hard to imagine he has much  “spare” time  to produce his own wines, but he does, and we were among the lucky ones to taste them during his recent visit  to Washington, DC.   Shane produces tiny quantities of  Pinot Noir,  Syrah and  other  Rhone varieties.    He sources grapes from some very fine vineyards mainly in Sonoma County  and  Mendocino.    The wines reviewed here are well made and delicious.   Shane has a talent for producing  highly drinkable  wines  that showcase California fruit  and the unique qualities of growing areas from which they are sourced.

Because of the small quantities  produced,,  we suggest you contact Shane’s distributor for information on where you can purchase these wines.     Distributor:   Nice Legs –

Shane 2013 Rosé Ma Fille Sonoma County ($17) 89   The Rosé Ma Fille is a blend of 90% Syrah and 10% Pinot Noir.   An attractive pink salmon color, it is a vibrant and fresh tasting wine with good red fruit flavor, excellent acidity and a crisp finish.

Shane 2013 Grenache Blanc Camp 4 Vineyard Santa Ynez Valley ($24) 90  This Grenache Blanc from Santa Ynez Valley offers aromas and flavors of ripe tropical guava fruit with hints of white flowers. Fermented sur lie in used oak barrels it see no malolactic fermentation or lees stirring and is lightly pressed. It is a lovely wine with more fruit flavors than most Grenache Blancs and has good acidity and freshness on the finish.

Shane 2011 Pinot Noir La Reine Sonoma Coast ($42) 90 The Pinot Noir La Reine is delicious Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir sourced from vineyards exposed to the cool and windy growing conditions of the Petaluma Gap. Dark ruby in color it offers aromas of red plum with hints of toast and underbrush, spice and tea. Aged in 25% new French oak for 14 months, it has lovely ripe berry fruit, good acidity and a lively finish.

Shane 2011 Syrah, Vallenti Ranch Anderson Valley ($34) 91 The Syrah Vallenti Ranch is a lovely Syrah, reminiscent of Croze Hermitage. Fermented whole cluster and aged in used French oak for 14 months, it exhibits aromas and flavors of black fruit, olive, spice and pepper. It is beautifully focused with round tannins and a persistent finish.   A very attractive wine.

Shane 2011 Syrah, the Unknown Sonoma County ($34) 90  Syrah, the Unknown is a ripe and richly flavored wine, rounder and fuller in the mouth than the Syrah Vallenti Rnach. A blend of 85% Syrah and 15% Grenache Noir, it is sourced from a vineyard in the Rockpile appellation, known for producing big and flavorful wines. This blend offers black and blueberry fruit flavors, with good density on the mid palate, firm tannins, and a lingering finish

Mike Potashnik and Don Winkler
March 2014

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