86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot
Santa Cruz Mountains
A cool growing season and fortuitous Indian summer fully ripened all but the highest, most exposed vines on Monte Bello Ridge. Forty percent of the less complex or less ripe lots were held out when the wine was assembled. For the first time, we used all new barrels in the aging process, and reached a balance between oak and fruit earlier than usual. At the last rack, we included petite verdot for spice and added weight. Elegant and approachable now, this fine cabernet will amply reward ten more years of bottle age.
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: 92.3
No. of Tasting Notes: 47
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