These non-irrigated, hillside vines were picked at full maturity in 1974. Throughout the long primary and secondary fermentation and the oak aging in small cooperage, we were successful in maintaining the intense varietal fruit and in giving it complexity. This lovely wine will be enjoyable by the new year, but should have at least four more years in bottle to show 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: 90.4
No. of Tasting Notes: 5
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