Estate Merlot 2012

2012 Ridge Estate Merlot

Varietal Information
100% Merlot

13.5% alcohol by volume

Click below to watch winemaker Eric Baugher describe this wine


Ridge first made merlot in 1974 from the Point, the highest, most exposed block on the Monte Bello vineyard at an elevation of 2600’. Originally, we wanted to see if the varietal could match the quality of, and be included in, the Monte Bello. Once satisfied that it could, we planted more merlot over the years as space and resources allowed. From 1975 on, it has been a part of the Monte Bello whenever assemblage tastings so indicated. As the younger plantings matured, it became apparent that not only did merlot complement the Monte Bello, but also had the structure and complexity to merit a separate bottling.


Harvest Dates: 11 October - 15 November
Grapes: Average Brix 24.0˚
Fermentation: Grapes destemmed, 100% whole berries. Natural primary and natural secondary (malolactic) fermentations. Pressed at seven days.
Barrels: 5% air dried american oak, 5% french; 18% new, 82% one year old.
Aging: Twenty-one months in barrel.

Growing Season

Rainfall: 18 inches (below average)
Bloom: Early June
Weather: Moderate summer and fall.


Sustainably farmed, hand harvested, estate-grown grapes; destemmed, left as whole berries; fermented on the native yeasts; full malolactic on the naturally occurring bacteria; 0.29mg/L calcium carbonate added to four of seven lots; 0.9% water added to three of seven lots; oak from barrel aging; minimum effective sulfur (30 ppm initially, 85 ppm over the course of aging). Pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.

Winemaker Tasting Notes

Deep purple/ruby color. Ripe blackberry fruit, cola, exotic spice, eucalyptus. Elegant entry; full body, with black currant fruit, dried herbs, firm acid; red fruit and sweet oak in a lingering finish.

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