76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot
In 1989 the old La Cuesta clone of cabernet sauvignon at Bradford Mountain matured fully by the second week of October, producing an intense, very tannic wine. We fined with six egg whites per barrel and, in the final assemblage, included merlot from the lower vineyard and petit verdot from the upper to balance the tannins. The structure is that of a big, classic cabernet with lovely fruit and real depth. It will improve and soften further with ten to twelve years of bottle age. PD (6/91)
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.