Ridge Vineyards California Coast Range 1997

Red Blends from California

Item No. 1444
  • red wine

Winemaker's Notes

With the 1997 vintage (the biggest crop in years) we suddenly had more Sangiovese, Carignane, and Mataro than needed, as well as extra Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. The 1997 Coast Range is an adventurous blend. It has more zinfandel (44%) than any other variety, but not enough to carry a single-varietal label. All the grapes are typical of interplanted Zinfandel vineyards, except Sangiovese, which we have never before combined with the others. But the Sangiovese, with its firm acid and definition, made a livelier and more complex wine. The bright fruit and medium body of the Coast Range make it ideal to drink now; it will be at its best over the next four to five years.

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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...

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