Santa Cruz Mountains
In recent years, these five acres of 19th-centry zinfandel vines have produced between twenty and twenty- five barrels. This year’s crop was down by half. Monte Bello’s cool climate is far from ideal for zinfandel, but by limiting crop, opening the vines to sun and air, and waiting well into October, we manage to ripen the grapes. The ’94 is full and ripe, with intense fruit and very firm, lively acid. Lovely now, it will be at its best over the next five to seven years.
Since 1962, Ridge has championed single-vineyard winemaking, searching California for those rare vineyards where climate, soil, and varietal are ideally matched. Fine wine, when made traditionally, is the result of a natural process. Ridge’s aim is to implement that process; using traditional methods and minimal handling, we strive to produce the highest quality wines from superior and distinctive fruit.
Average Rating: 91.8
No. of Tasting Notes: 6
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