1986 Bradford Mountain Merlot

1986 Bradford Mountain Merlot

Wine Information

75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon




Sonoma County

Alcohol By Volume


Vintage Notes

Bradford Mountain Ranch includes two vineyards – Tarman, planted in 1974, at the lower elevation and Hambrecht-Peterson, planted in the early ’80s, higher and more exposed to the cool winds off the Pacific. In this vintage, we harvested the Merlot and franc, as well as some of the Cabernet Sauvignon, making separate wines of each. Thirty percent was selected out as less intense, and the finest chosen for this elegant Merlot. While approachable at release, it should develop well and be at its best with five or six years of bottle age. PD (5/88)


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.

Consumer Tasting Notes

Average Rating: NR

No. of Tasting Notes: 1

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