96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot
Santa Cruz Mountains
The cool growing season of 1975 was just long enough to ripen an excellent crop. As with virtually all our wines of the vintage, this Cabernet is more elegant and more immediately accessible than the ‘74s. Its fine claret style combines the intense varietal fruit of our vineyards on the Ridge with the oak of small cooperage aging. To approach maturity it should be given at least five years of bottle age.
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.
Average Rating: 93.9
No. of Tasting Notes: 11
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