81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot
Santa Cruz Mountains
We produce two estate cabernets from our vines on the Ridge: Monte Bello, and Santa Cruz Mountains. Their different styles are determined primarily by the soil, exposure, trellising, and spacing of the vineyard blocks on which they are grown: the Monte Bello—built on a more tannic base for long aging; the Santa Cruz Mountains—rounder, spicier, more supple. In 1994, limited yields on the lower vineyards were partially offset by a good-sized crop at the higher elevations.
Since 1962, Ridge has explored California in search of great vineyards where climate, soil, and varietal are perfectly matched. 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.
The majority of wine included here were pressed before dryness and—after a year in barrel—fined with fresh egg whites. This elegant, approachable cabernet is full-flavored, yet lively. Enjoyable now, it will develop beautifully over the next ten to fifteen years.
Average Rating: 91.7
No. of Tasting Notes: 11
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