95% Zinfandel, 5% Petite Sirah
The unusual combination of an early set and warm weather in the harvest produced late-picked sugar levels in September. In this elegant wine these conditions meant long fermentations that were difficult to finish and, in turn, that seemed to soften and mature the wine earlier than other years.
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
No. of Tasting Notes: 3
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