Entering the wine industry less than 9 years ago as a harvest intern, Shane Finley has literally started at the bottom and worked his way to the top. After spending several seasons as an intern in California, Australia, and the Northern Rhône, Shane became Cellar Master at Copain Custom Crush. While there he had the opportunity to work closely with many notable winemakers including Dumol, Carlisle, Pisoni Estate and Copain. He later took positions as Assistant Winemaker for Paul Hobbs Winery and then Associate Winemaker at Kosta Browne Wines.
Today Shane continues to work with Michael Browne as well as being owner and winemaker of his own Shane Wine Cellars. A wine-making philosophy which was nurtured around the dinner table and vineyards of Pierre Gaillard has matured and coalesced into a striking series of wines in the Rhône tradition.
Shane’s incredibly pleasing 2007 Syrah, “Unknown,” was one of the surprise favorites at our 5th Anniversary Wine Tasting celebration last week.
“Freakishly dark: think magenta tinged squid ink. Intense raspberry, boysenberry, kirsch, slate, and violets explode upon opening. A luscious core is accentuated with dark chocolate, plum, white pepper, espresso, and crème de cassis. Without notice, firm tannins mingle with succulent acidity and shoot through the mid-palate. A lasting finish leaves your palate seduced.” -Shane’s Notes
Shane 2007 Syrah “Unknown” Sonoma County