In 1852 General Vallejo’s family built a homestead on a 48-acre land grant called Rancho Pequeno. The old adobe, now owned by James Smith, stands on the edge of downtown Sonoma, flanked by a small, 30-year-old Barbera vineyard. In 1986, the grapes produced this lovely wine with its bright, high acid fruit. our experience has shown that the Barbera is less tannic than our other red wine varieties, so we would expect it to be at its best over the next two to three years. PD (1/88)
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.
Average Rating: 79
No. of Tasting Notes: 2
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