96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot
Santa Cruz Mountains
In this vintage, our estate vineyards produced their smallest yield since 1978, giving us a wine with great intensity of flavor and tannin. It was aged principally in new oak, and lightly fined twice. Despite its tough structure, the wine is beautifully balanced, permitting it to be enjoyed while still relatively young. As with most Monte Bello Cabernets, five to ten years are required to develop full complexity.
Founded in 1959, Ridge was one of the first of today’s small, fine California wineries- limiting production to achieve the highest quality. From the beginning, close adherence to traditional winemaking techniques has set Ridge apart. This approach determines our style and includes the use of natural yeasts in extended, submerged-cap fermentations, 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 overlooks San Francisco Bay.
Average Rating: 95
No. of Tasting Notes: 2
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