On Wine: Taste of the Ranch with Yorba Wines
Just over the hill in Amador County, there is a special piece of land called Shake Ridge Ranch. Planted in the early 2000s, this relatively young vineyard produces fruit that is routinely sought after by some of California’s most talented and revered winemakers.
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New York Times
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San Francisco Chronicle
"Few vineyards, and probably none as young, account for as many wines on the wine list of Napa Valley’s acclaimed restaurant the French Laundry — 11." Read more...
"On a beautiful, secluded ranch in Amador County, Shake Ridge Vineyards is the culmination of experience, thoughtful design, and hard work."
"Amador County grape grower Ann Kraemer understands that her relationship with her grape customers doesn’t end when the grapes are delivered to the crush pad. She knows the success and reputation of her vineyard depends on the success of the wines it produces."
"Ann Kraemer tailors her Shake Ridge Tempranillo and Graciano vines to the styles of the four winemakers who work with the grapes."
"Ann sets the bar high; she not only work tirelessly to produce the best fruit off of her property, she also strives to meet each of her clients' varied needs in a way I have never experienced with any other grower."
Mike Dunne, a well respected wine writer, (ayearinwine.com) spent an afternoon with Ann at Shake Ridge Vineyard this fall. Read this great article to see what he has to say about Shake Ridge and Yorba Wines.
"Barbera was first planted in the 1880s and today it's identified with dozens of Sierra Foothills boutique wineries. Among the best is Yorba...." An interesting article on how obscure Italian varietals are gaining a foothold in the Golden State. By Patrica Thomson, California Esoterics.
"Shake Ridge Ranch has set a standard for viticulture in Amador County and the incredible list of winemakers who now source fruit from the amazing vineyard above Sutter Creek tell it's story in every vintage and bottle produced." Roger King, Wine Appellation.
"....Yet the greatest wines I've tasted from the region have come in the past few vintages, from Syrah and Grenache grown in a vineyard in Amador County, farmed by a former Napan and made by two tiny producers based in Napa. The epicenter is Ann Kraemer's 34-acre Shake Ridge Ranch..."
MaryAnn Worobiec's great two page article on Amador's history, the promise of Shake Ridge's wines that "so far have been stunning-intense, dark and aromatic, with lush textures. Despite their density, they have what Kraemer calls a "structured elegance." Her family makes wine under the Yorba label (a nod to their Yorba brand of oranges), in a style that's less dense and more restrained." Wines Spectator Magazine (Subscription Needed). Read the article...
The Sierras' Rhone Warriors: These intrepid producers are making reputations for themselves and their region, one of California’s most diverse. By Virginie Boone, Mar 5, 2012.
Randy Caparoso delves into what makes Shake Ridge fruit so special, highlighing not only Yorba Wines, but includes all the other wonderful winemakers that use our grapes. Here's the First Page or go to SommlierJournal.com to read the entire article.
Shake Ridge Ranch - Raises the Bar. By Linda Murphy, November 2011 Great article about the vineyard and our farming. Click here...
The inaugral issue of this online magazine dedicated to the Sierra Foothills showcased Yorba Wines and Shake Ridge. Ravel Hayes, April 2011. Click here...
California's BEST Lesser-Known Vineyards. Jon Bonne, June 2009. Click here...