80% Zinfandel, 16% Carignane, 4% Alicante
Contra Costa County
We harvested this 19th-century vineyard principally for its mataro, but also for its old zinfandel , carignan, and alicante vines. Initially hard and closed, the wine, after sixteen months in barrel, has surprised us all. It is almost late-picked in style, and has begun to soften gracefully. Aging potential is hard to predict, but its richness makes it immediately enjoyable. PD (3/92)
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 submerged cap fermentation, racking to achieve clarity, and filtering only when necessary for stability. Our winery and estate vineyards are located above 2300 feet on Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains, overlooking San Francisco and the Bay Area.
Average Rating: 93
No. of Tasting Notes: 1
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