Howell Mountain, Napa County
This was an excellent vintage for the old vineyards in the Howell Mountain appellation area. Good weather through the fall fully matured the vines themselves before the grapes were harvested. The elegant style of the ’83 Beatty is carried on in the firm acidity and lovely balance of the ’84. Although the wine is quite accessible, the fruit and oak will develop in depth with two or three years of bottle age. PD (4/86)
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 the use of the 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 and main vineyards overlook San Francisco Bay.