San Benito County
Despite the cool vintage of 1983, we picked at full maturity in this very old vineyard in San Benito County. These stressed vines produced intense individual character. For the first time in ten years we were unable to take a Zinfandel through its secondary fermentation, as the very firm acidity testifies. The vineyard was let go in 1984, so this will be a unique example for us. Though we have no history by which to judge, the solid structure of this wine should extend the period of development over the next five years. PD (6/85)
Begun in 1959, Ridge was one of the first of today’s chateau-size California wineries-those that limit production to attempt the highest quality. 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: NR
No. of Tasting Notes: 1
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