Originally a part of the Rancho Sotoyomi land grant,
these one hundred acres were purchased in the mid-1800s
by Archibald Carmichael. Ridge began farming the western
half of the ranch in 2000. The soils differ considerably
between the upper and lower blocks. The Carmichael
comes from just east of the abandoned right of way of the
old Northwestern Pacific railroad. This is our sixth release
from the ranch.
Harvest Date: 21-24 September
Grapes: Average Brix 24.6˚
Fermentation: A six day natural fermentation was
carried out in small fermentors; pressed early the natural
secondary fermentation finished in mid-October.
Barrels: 100% air-dried american oak: (17% new, 19% one
year old, 22% two to three years old and 42% four to five years old).
Aging: Fifteen months in barrel
Rainfall: 40 inches (above average)
Bloom: Late May
Weather: Wet spring followed by an atypically cool summer; with no sustained heat spells.