Even before the URGENCY vineyard was planted, Clay Shannon’s instincts told him that the blend of volcanic soils would produce full, rich flavors and the long, warm summer days would ripen the grapes perfectly. This special piece of dirt creates wines that do not require long aging, the lush flavors show well upon their release.
Why wait to enjoy? Attack life with URGENCY.
Aromas of cassis, tobacco, ripe Bing cherry. Flavor is of dark, luscious fruits, integrated with French oak and pie spices. Lingering, structured finish.
Vintage and Winemaker Notes
The grapes used to produce our 2016 URGENCY Cabernet Sauvignon came from the hills and slopes of ultra-premium vineyards in Northern California. A blend from multiple vineyard sites was used to create complexity and balance.
This wine will pair beautifully with dishes such as filet mignon, hearty pasta or roasted duck.
Appellation: 100% California
Composition/Blend: 57% Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Colusa County Cabernet Sauvignon
Winery: Shannon Ridge
Owners: Clay and Margarita Shannon
Location: Lake County
At Shannon Ridge, we live in harmony with Mother Nature. The vineyards feed the sheep, the sheep feed the vines; lamb feeds the people, people drink the wine and wear wool.
We are dedicated to creating a family of wines that consumers love at top-quality and affordable prices. We are passionate about preserving our land, not only for great vineyard sites, but for the wild creatures which share our property. Our sustainability practices integrate a flock of sheep that clean the vineyards, remove the excess canopy, and reduce the need for chemicals, while providing natural fertilizer.
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FedEx Ground: Monday, September 3rd - Thursday, September 6th
After lurking first on the Wine Woot site for over 10 years and now on the Casemates site, I was excited and a bit apprehensive to discover the email this afternoon informing me that my first Lab Rat wine was to be delivered today. Due to my Kickstarter support, I now had a job to do this evening, so please be understanding of my first ever post…
After chilling the bottle in the refrigerator for about an hour, a friend and I opened it and got to work. The color was a clear dark ruby. Initially, the nose revealed only very faint aromas of cherries and red fruits. The first few sips were of smooth, subdued red fruit with minimal tannins and a limited finish. After swirling for a few minutes, the cherry aromas became much more pronounced and were followed by distinct hints of cinnamon. The palate also opened nicely with notes of warm baking spices, smooth and easy tannins and cloves on the long finish. This paired quite nicely with white cheddar, Maytag blue and wheat crackers. The wine was definitely more interesting as it reached room temperature.
About an hour after opening, dinner was ready. We paired this cab with rare filet mignon, Bordeaux soaked sautéed mushrooms, roasted green beans and garden tomatoes tossed in balsamic vinegar. The wine drank quite well with dinner. It continued to be smooth with very soft tannins, but was now a bit more bold and fruity with a mellow coffee finish. It was not hard to finish the bottle.
Truth be told, I usually find Cabs to be a bit green, and I am usually not a fan of large tannins. So I was a little concerned to have to taste such a young vintage. But in keeping with its name, this is a Cab which may be drank “urgently”. I think it is quite appropriate to drink right now and it may not benefit from longer aging. This is not a Cab which will put “hair on your chest”, but it is quite smooth and eminently drinkable. Probably one of the few Cabs I have ever tasted which may be equally enjoyed both alone and with a steak dinner. Definitely a great value for a good everyday drinking Cabernet Sauvignon. Thanks!
First, thanks to the folks at Casemates for the lab rat opportunity. I didn’t know I was a lab rat until last night when my doorman stopped me and said I had a(n unexpected) package.
I’m not much of an oe·no·phile, and even less of a writer, but I do know what I like. So here it goes…
It was late when I got home, so I opened the bottle as soon as I got upstairs. The living room was at about 75F and the wine was cool relative to that, say 65F. The wine was a very deep, dark red color, say black cherry. We noted cherry, oak (and a touch of lemon, according to my wife) in the bouquet immediately after opening the bottle.
My wife had made an “asian chicken stew” in our OnePot, which consisted primarly of dark-meat chicken and bok choi in a soy/sesame oil sauce. It was an untraditional pairing with a Cabernet, but it worked for me. The wine definitely enhanced the flavor of the food, and vice versa.
I had guessed that a similar bottle would go for $25-$30 in an NYC liquor store and was pleased to see that the retail price tallied with my estimate.
TDLR, A nice cab and a nice value, especially at the case price.
As soon as I saw the rattage inbound email i knew it was my duty to have wine last evening. (The things i do for this community i know)
Upon pickup from the local fedex it was already dinner time and i immediately opened the bottle upon arrival at home even though the bottle was a little warm. Poured a little glass straight away and nose was full of alcohol. Alright let’s wait just a bit and start dinner.
After the bottle had been opened around 15min poured a full glass for myself and the lady through an aerator. Much much better!
A dark cherry color with medium body in the glass. The nose was now one of soft fruit, leather, and a bit of spice or tobacco. We disagreed on spice vs. tobacco.
The taste followed the scent, fruit but not in your face fruit bomb. More subtle and allowing the leathery notes to come through. The mouth feel was a chewy dryness but not in an overpowering tannin sort of way. As they note, this seems to be a drink now wine.
We found the same qualities when paired with a mascarpone / tomato pasta. I think this wine would pair well with a large range of food.
Overall, this is a nice anyday wine. It doesn’t overpower in any one area and i think that makes it very versatile. Drink on its own or with food and you will be happy. Price is the hardest comparison here since we are a bit spoiled. At the list of $30 there are wines I would choose before this, but there are also wines that I found vastly inferior. At these prices you won’t be disappointed.
Hi there everyone. I am Tera Shannon the Tasting Room Director for Shannon Ridge Family of Wines. This Urgency Cab is actually packed in my suitcase for the coast this weekend. I can’t wait to enjoy it while overlooking the ocean. Cheers!
@scott0210 Have you ever heard of “sheefing”? I hadn’t either until my Aunt told me this story. We accidentally let our sheep into the vineyard when the grapes were about the size of a pea. They removed all the leafs surrounding the fruit because it was at their eye level. So now instead of hiring people to leaf we let the sheep in from the time the grapes are about pea size till verasion and they do the leafing or as we call it “sheefing”.
I have to get a weekend off sometime. I usually take one weekend off a month and I have a great tasting room staff that runs it in my absence.
@ShannonRidge oh my gosh you actually had a sheep story. And a really good one. Labor that fertilizes and uses very little health care haha. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to try this wine. Enjoy your weekend
Finally, Purchased this wine.
Finally, because I’ve been a woot member for as long as I can remember (Memory is failing), but have not bought from Casemate. I prefer wines in the $15 per bottle range and don’t see too many on the site in smaller lots.
By the way, is there a way to figure out the price of an earlier and now closed Casemate offer?