100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Cruz Mountains
This vintage of Ridge Cabernet is lighter than the 1964, heavier than the 1963, more like the 1962 in body, but less tart. Some will say it has more clearcut Cabernet aroma than any earl ier Ridge Cabernet. Full of natural pigments and tannins because of our methods of vinification, the wine will develop elegance with bottle-aging as some of these substances recipitate on to the inner surface of the bottle.
Ridge wine is made with an emphasis on quality and naturalness that is rarely attempted. Our grapes are grown in select vineyards (usually identified on the label), where they are left to ripen to peak maturity, often at some loss of quantity. We let the wine settle and age in small barrels, with only rare cellar treatment other than racking. Varieties are not blended unless so indicated on the label. Near Black Mountain on Monte Bello Ridge, our main vineyard is 10 miles south of Palo Alto, 15 miles inland from the ocean, and over 2000 feet in elevation.
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