85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Franc
Dry Creek Valley
This is the first Ridge release of a varietal grown in Tuscany for more than three hundred years. It is unlikely that we would have added sangiovese to the long list of varietals Ridge already produces, had we not acquired a small parcel with our purchase of Lytton West. Despite the intensity of yields that were fifty percent below previous years, and grapes that were very ripe, adding cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon has given structure and fullness to the final wine. Firm acidity and clearly defined fruit recall its Italian origins. This excellent wine will soften with a year or two in bottle, and be at its best over the next six or seven. PD (12/97)
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: 91.3
No. of Tasting Notes: 4
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