What the Buck?!

It’s been a while since I’ve strolled down the wine aisle at Publix, but this last time I noticed a lot of new wines. I grabbed Ye Old Buck Shack Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 because the woodsy label reminded me of my wannabe-redneck friend.

The wine’s name comes from a 100-year-old dilapidated skinning shed, called “Ye Old Buck Shack,” that was found in the vineyard. They loved the beauty and history of the old building, so they restored it and turned it into a whiskey bar called “Sheep Camp.”

This wine comes from Lake County, California and is part of the Shannon Ridge family of wines. They practice sustainable farming with sheep (I guess that’s what the “Sheep Camp” is all about) because the vineyards feed the sheep, the sheep feed the vines; lamb feeds the people, people drink the wine and wear wool. They call it the “Ovis (sheep) cycle.”

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2015 was a year of highs and lows. Spring had weeks of 100°f weather followed by torrential rain storms. High humidity put some disease pressure on the vines, and then they were bombarded by wildfires. Lady luck was on their side during both the rocky and valley fires; pushing the smoke away from the vineyards. A day later, a rainstorm blew through to clear the air. Despite road blocks that delayed picking by a week, 2015 fruit seems to be the best vintage yet.

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The wine is burgundy in color and has long legs on the glass. It has a strong aroma of plum and spice. It’s bold and tastes like dark fruit, oak, and tannins. There’s some acidity with a distinct hint of alcohol in the back of your throat. It was on sale at Publix for $16. I paired it with steak kabobs and broccoli and cheese rice. It’s definitely a great value for under $20. 3.5/5.

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