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: 14 September - 6 October
Grapes: Average Brix 25.5˚
Fermentation: An eight day natural fermentation was carried
out in small fermentors; pressed early; the natural secondary
fermentation finished in mid-October.secondary fermentation finished in mid-October.
Barrels: 100% air-dried american oak: (33% on year old, 67%
two to three years old).
Aging: Thirteen months in barrel
Rainfall: 40 inches (above average)
Bloom: Late May
Weather: Cool late spring followed by a cool summer; two
very hot days in August (24 and 25) severely reduced yields.