100% Petite Sirah
The harvest produced a big crop in 1973 and, as in past years, the secondary fermentation followed closely on the primary and the wine went to small cooperage by December. The typical spice of these grapes combined with the oak to give a rich, complex character to the nose and taste. The tannin assures further development with several years of bottle age but clearly the wine can be tried this summer.
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: 93.5
No. of Tasting Notes: 5
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