Had a great tasting with California winemaker Shane Finley last night. I interviewed him before the tasting for my podcast (yes, I swear to God it's coming). He's the second winemaker I've had on so far and it's been very interesting. Shane who is originally from Minnesota went to Virginia Military Academy and majored in English. Worked a bit then decided to get into wine. He interned at Copain wine in Cali, then worked at wineries in Barossa Valley in Australia and Cote Rotie. Then moved back to Cali and worked again at Copain, was assistant winemaker at Kosta Browne and at Paul Hobbs.
Shane brings traditional winemaking to the new world while taking advantage of the more ample sunlight and clean growing practices in parts of California. His wines were subtle and delicious. His Sauv Blanc is unique in that he ages longer on the skin while not performing battonage (stirring the lees in wine barrels) which yielded a more viscous, deeper and more old world style than one would usually find in new world wines. His rose made of Pinot Noir hints of Provence while giving more fruit and just a touch less acid. Shane's pinot noir comes in three styles: the everyday Constant Disruptions Pinot to his two premium pinots La Reine (the queen) and Charm. The differences in flavor and feel seem so different yet so tasty that it is a wonder that more people don't know about this guy. Find him at Shanewines.com and at Wine Republic. Cheers.