In a recent Vinepair news article on the “Most Underrated American Wineries,” Ridge was one of the 15 wineries named. The article focused around 13 wine professional’s personal recommendations, from which Ridge Vineyards was named by Shawn Paul, Wine Operations Director of Foxcraft Wine Co.
“The sheer quantity of wine they produce, from such a wide range of grapes and vineyards, is truly impressive. Very few wineries can remain so consistent across a broad spectrum as Ridge. They are known as single-vineyard Zinfandel specialists, but that’s only one of more than a dozen different grapes they work within any given year. Ridge bottles upwards of 20 separate vineyards, all historic and some more than a century old. Their commitment to organic farming and transparency in labeling is truly impressive and should be a reference point for American wine. They are great communicators and advocates for what’s honest and best about farming and winemaking. … Ridge Vineyards’ most famous wine is a Cabernet called Monte Bello. One I strongly recommend trying from them is a red blend called Geyserville.”—Shawn Paul, Wine Operations Director, Foxcroft Wine Co., Charlotte, N.C. and Greenville, S.C.
“Dark ruby color. Intense black cherry fruit aroma, exotic oak spice, cola, mint, and complex gravel earth. Intense bramble fruit entry, sensuous textural tannins, lively acid, and showing great minerality in a long finish.”-COO and Monte Bello Winemaker, Eric Baugher