75% Alicante, 25% Zinfandel
This is Ridge’s first alicante. Planted exclusively in the south of France, the varietal was brought to California in the 1870’s, at the same time as grenache, carignan, mataro, and petite sirah. It is one of the few grapes with red flesh, and is sometimes used to enhance a wine’s color. Most of these hundred-year-old vines are planted on three small blocks of the Pagani Ranch. Two blocks were combined in one fermentor, and the other kept separate. In blind-tastings, we preferred the balance and fullness of the single block, combining it-again by tasting-with zinfandel, yet maintaining the alicante’s varietal character. The firm, chalky tannins are balanced by spice and ripe fruit. Quite lovely now, this intriguing wine should develop well over the next five years. PD (2/95)
Since 1962, Ridge has championed single-vineyard winemaking, exploring California in search of great vineyards where climate, soil and varietal are ideally matched. Fine wine, when made traditionally, is the result of a natural process. Using traditional methods and minimal handling, we strive to produce the highest quality wines from superior and distinctive fruit. We are proud that our three decades are an integral part of California’s winemaking history.
Average Rating: 90
No. of Tasting Notes: 3
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