When Bill Hambrecht and Fred Peterson purchased this ranch in the early eighties, the surviving zinfandel vines were too few and too scattered to be viable. In replanting, however, a small corner of old zinfandel was saved, and missing vines replaced with our old Geyserville clone. The 1987 is rich with intense fruit flavor. As always at Bradford Mountain, acidity is very firm and the tannins are chalky. This is probably our finest zinfandel of the vintage. Long aging will be well-repaid. PD (1/89)
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-including use of natural yeasts in extended fermentations and careful racking for clarity-have set Ridge apart. Located above 2300 feet on Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains, our winery and main vineyards overlook San Francisco Bay.