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to enjoy with Ridge wines
High atop the cool Santa Cruz Mountains, our Monte Bello estate is an ideal site
for the Bordeaux varietals. These low-yielding vines produce two complementary cabernet
Whole-cluster pressed and barrel-fermented, Ridge chardonnays reflect the cool climate
and limestone sub-soils of the Santa Cruz Mountains Estate vineyards.
Ridge first made merlot in 1974 from a small section on Monte Bello Ridge at an
elevation of 2600'. The cool micro-climate and limestone sub-soils give us merlot
with great structure, full body, and complex dark fruit character.
This is the first time we have bottled petit
verdot separately. For twenty-one of the
past twenty-four years, this wine—from
the Olivos and LeVasseur parcels of the
historic Torre vineyard-has been included in the Monte Bello.
Our first Petite Sirah was in 1971. It is a natural cross of syrah and a little-known
French variety, peloursin, and is frequently found interplanted in California's
old zinfandel vineyards. The varietal offers deep color, firm tannins, and peppery
spice complement the rich berry fruit and softer structure of zinfandel.
The first zinfandel was made in 1964, from a small nineteenth-century vineyard on
Monte Bello ridge. Since this time, Ridge has championed single-vineyard winemaking,
searching California for those rare vineyards where climate, soil, and varietal
are ideally matched.
Produced exclusively for our ATP (Advance Tasting Program) members, these wines
are made from grapes that have flourished for centuries in France’s Rhone
River Valley. Sourced from some of the finest vineyards in Sonoma County, these
small-lot offerings are true expressions of the varietal and the land from which
they are grown.