The 2017 is an outrageously beautiful wine. Don’t miss it.
About The Wine
Fruit for the sumptuous Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from the famed Monte Bello vineyard site, with grapes from more recently planted vines, making a more approachable wine than the massively cellarworthy Monte Bello blend.
But this is no flighty lightweight wine but a powerful, dense Cabernet in its own right, with dark fruit seemingly dipped in cassis, coffee, chocolate and spices galore.
Unlike its many Cali Cab competitors this is done with a light touch in winery, with natural yeast ferment, natural malolactic and only a smidge of sulphur.
A silky, layered, concentrated wine of huge cellaring potential.
About Ridge Vineyards
Ridge is one of the greatest names in American wine, renowned for the original gangster Monte Bello blend, and for some of the best Zinfandels ever produced.
Its history dates way back to 1885 when an Italian doctor Osea Perrone planted vines on the Monte Bello ridge, named the nascent winery Monte Bello, and released wine from 1892. His original cellar, built into the ridge, is still the home of the modern winery, located in the Santa Cruz mountains, just south of San Francisco.
After periods of decline and restoration, and several owners, the arrival of winemaker Paul Draper in 1969 led to the winery taking off, eschewing modern, mass-production methods to make brilliant non-intervention wines, and developing phenomenal Zinfandels from the nearby Geyserville vineyard, and then Lytton Springs in Sonoma County. They are have the largest plantings of organic vineyards in Sonoma and Santa Cruz region.
Ridge wines represent the heritage of American wine, and remain out of the country's most outstanding producers.