Grenache, ‘Shake Ridge Ranch’, A Tribute to Grace
“This beautiful property sits atop a ridge on the Shake Ridge Road, a winding old lane that connects the town of Sutter Creek to the historic Volcano. This part of California is true gold country – anciently intelligent – and Ann Kramer’s intuitive planting began here in 2001. With elevation ranging from 1650 to 1810 feet across her myriad of blocks, night-time temperatures can drop by as much as 50’F. Making for very happy grapes, and cows…
I was first introduced to this vineyard in 2011, from a dear friend who was writing a piece on the property. I was working in Sonoma County at the time, and Grenache was more difficult to find in the northern climes. After arranging to meet with this remarkable woman, I was compelled to leave my day job, as much as I loved it… And move to the Foothills to learn from this maven of the vines.
Grace has been atop a vine post here since that first year, in a block of Grenache planted to my favourite clone 362. Rose quartz is in abundance, reflecting the sunlight back up to the vines through a hue of pink. Or rose-tinted-heart-frequency, as we like to call it…” –Angela Osborne