90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot
Santa Cruz Mountains
The Santa Cruz Mountains appellation is the coolest of the exceptional cabernet regions in California. The climate produces a different balance of tannins and pigments in the grapes. In this cool year we harvested through October as each section matured. Because merlot ripens earlier and more fully, it contributed richness. In a rigorous selection, forty-seven percent was held out and bottled as Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet. Beautifully balanced, this elegant Monte Bello will develop fully over the next ten to fifteen years.
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: 91
No. of Tasting Notes: 35
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