In the difficult vintage of 1972, the Geyserville vineyard reached maturity and was harvested well prior to the heavy, non-stop rains. After completion of normal fermentation and malolactic, with barrel age the wine developed a lovely spiceness more typical of the 1967 Geyserville than of the intervening years. Despite good tannin from both grape and new oak, the wine is surprisingly soft, but will need five years in the bottle to begin to reach its full potential.
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 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.
Average Rating: 91.5
No. of Tasting Notes: 6
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