Amador county is known for its hot dry climate but grower Ann Kraemer’s spectacular Shake Ridge Ranch ranch is planted to vine at elevations 1650′ to 1800’ feet above sea level. Just two small lots produce a coveted amount of Petite Sirah. Both clones were obtained through the UC Davis Foundation services. They are noted for their exceptional clone true to the varietal. Planted at this elevation, the vineyard experiences as much as a 50 degree diurnal temperature swing, This shift intensifies the sugars in the fruit then drives the acid when temps drop precipitously fast after sunset. The pulp is dense and extremely concentrated. Unforgiving volcanic and granitic terrain has dramatic slope ranging 10-28% which sheds rain fall so the roots must dive deep to capture what they can thus, each tiny berry produced hangs rich and full flavored.
97 Points ~ Steve Heimoff
93 Points ~ Wine Enthusiast
90 Points ~ Wine Spectator
“Double Gold” American Fine Wine Competition