88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot
Santa Cruz Mountains
Our vineyards set a relatively small crop in 1988, and all the wine produced was quite intense. We selected a limited amount to bottle under the specific vineyard names. The rest, typically the more approachable wines, make up the Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet. This is the smallest release of this wine to date. Quite concentrated in its racy fruit and chalky tannins, it should be laid down for five or six years to develop further.
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 yeast submerged-cap fermentations, aging in small oak cooperage, and careful racking at each 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: 92
No. of Tasting Notes: 2
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