Santa Cruz Mountains
Spring was cold and very late this year, shifting the growing season back by five weeks; normally-low yields from these nineteenth-century vines were cut in half. On the positive side, the tiny crop permitted the grapes to ripen completely—though not until mid October. Fermented on its own yeast, and aged in two-year-old air-dried Missouri oak barrels, this lovely zinfandel is a great example of the quality and character possible from old vines in a cool (Region I) climate. Very rich, almost jammy fruit, exotic spice, and firm acid come together in an unusual wine that will be most enjoyable over the next four to five years. PD (1/2000)
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 exceptional wines from superior and distinctive fruit.
Average Rating: 87.5
No. of Tasting Notes: 2
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