86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot
Despite the cool growing season, these young vines were sufficiently stressed to produce a fully mature crop. The individual berries were quire small and the high proportion of skins to juice contributed considerable tannin, deep color, and intensity of varietal fruit with the distinct spiciness typical of Spring Mountain. This big, rich wine will need at least four or five years of bottle age to bring together its disparate qualities as it begins to mature. PD (11/77)
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: 90.8
No. of Tasting Notes: 8
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