Santa Cruz Mountains
This is one of two very small zinfandel parcels planted in the nineteenth century on Monte Bello Ridge. Our cool climate is ideal for Bordeaux varietals and chardonnay, but not warm enough to ripen zinfandel consistently. These vines are on a sheltered southern slope, yet each one must be selectively harvested-at least twice-if ripeness is to be achieved. The site and climate produce distinctive character, backed by firm acid. Enjoyable now, this unusual wine will be best in the first five years, while its rich fruit is most intense.
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: 87.7
No. of Tasting Notes: 7
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