96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot
Santa Cruz Mountains
In 1982 our estate vineyards set a full crop. The cool growing season slowed ripening and the vines matured with the grapes at lower sugar levels than usual. We keep the wine from each section of these vineyards separate to judge its quality as it develops. The most intense and characteristic are selected for our “reserve,” the Monte Bello. This excellent wine will need two or three years in bottle to show its depth and complexity and should continue to develop for at least eight to ten years
Founded in 1959, Ridge produced its first vintage as a bonded winery in 1962. With the 1982 wines we celebrate our twentieth anniversary. From the beginning, close adherence to traditional winemaking techniques has set Ridge apart. This approach determines our style and includes submerged-cap fermentation, use of the natural wine yeasts, aging in small oak cooperage, and careful racking at every transfer to achieve clarity. Located above 2300 feet on Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains, our winery and main vineyards overlook San Francisco Bay.
Average Rating: 90
No. of Tasting Notes: 11
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