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Date Printed: 12/20/2014
Ridge Vineyards Paso Robles Zinfandel 2002
Ridge Vineyards Paso Robles Zinfandel 2002
(search item no. 75856)

PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $26.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

We have always picked these old vines in early September. In keeping with our good fortune throughout the decade, the weather held, and the fruit ripened beautifully, though yields were down. Fermented on its own yeast, and aged in one-year-old air-dried American oak barrels, this is a ripe, well-structured wine. Appealing at the time of release, its lovely fruit will show to best advantage over the next five years.
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About Ridge Vineyards:

Ridge's history begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor and prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He planted vineyards and constructed a winery of redwood and native limestone in time to produce the first vintage of Monte Bello in 1892. The historic building now serves as the Ridge production facility.

Though Ridge began as a Cabernet winery, by the mid-60s it had produced several Zinfandels including the Geyserville. In 1972, Lytton Springs joined the line-up and the two came to represent an important part of Ridge production. Known primarily for its red wines, Ridge has also made limited amounts of Chardonnay since 1962.

The Ridge approach is straightforward: find the most intense and flavorful grapes, guide the natural process, draw all the fruit's richness into the wine. Decisions on when to pick, when to press, when to rack, what varietals and what parcels to include and when to bottle, are based on taste. To retain the nuances that increase complexity, Ridge winemakers handle the grapes and wine as gently as possible. There are no recipes, only attention and sensitivity.