95% Mataro, 5% Petite Sirah
Contra Costa County
These old mataro vines on the warm Sacramento River delta set a small crop in 2003. This year, we included none of the vineyard’s zinfandel, choosing instead to add a small percentage of petite sirah for additional structure. After a natural-yeast fermentation in small submerged-cap fermentors and a long natural malolactic in well-tempered american oak barrels, the earthy, spicy character of the varietal dominates. Forward fruit and beautiful balance make this an immediately-enjoyable quaffing wine. It will be at its best over the next three years.
Since 1962, Ridge has championed single-vineyard winemaking, exploring California in search of those rare sites where climate, soil, and varietal are ideally matched. Our aim is to guide the natural process; using traditional methods and minimal handling, we strive to produce the highest quality wines from superior and distinctive fruit.
Average Rating: 87.0
No. of Tasting Notes: 27
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