Ridge Chairman and Longtime Winemaker Paul Draper joined a panel on January 20th that included Cathy Corison of Corison Winery, Francis Ford Coppola of Inglenook, and New York Times Wine Critic Eric Asimov, moderated by wine writer Elaine Chukan Brown. The panel discussed the infamous 2011 vintage — a vintage that had been critically panned on release — which was marked by difficult growing conditions and limited production. But despite the challenges, the panelists unearthed their own 2011 wines and discussed how wrong initial judgments of the wines had been on initial release.
A snippet from a later feature on the webinar from Robb Report read:
“Draper’s Ridge Vineyards 2011 Monte Bello is gorgeous—sweet florals balancing savory tobacco, with graphite beginning to emerge and berry and plum fruit against firm, elegant mountain tannins (the Monte Bello Vineyard lies at the ridge of the Santa Cruz Mountains, ranging from about 1,300 to 2,700 feet). Says Draper, ‘It was really cold that year! But it gave us a chance to make a typical Monte Bello.'”
The webinar was then reviewed and featured in articles by both Forbes and the Robb Report. To watch the original webinar, click here.