This is the first bottling of our estate-grown "Home Ranch." In the opulent 2001 vintage, we selected cabernet sauvignon from the thirty-five-year-old vines, balancing it with merlot from the younger blocks for this rich, sensuous wine—classic, yet more approachable than the long-aging Monte Bello. Four of the lots were held back for the softer Santa Cruz Mountains; eight were combined for the Home Ranch. The name derives from an old California tradition: Families who began with vines planted at their homesite often went on to acquire other vineyards. That first property, where the extended family gathered over the years, became known as the Home Ranch. For Ridge, the first ranch was Monte Bello, purchased in 1959. Though we now own Lytton Springs, and have leased other vineyards, Monte Bello is our Home Ranch. This full, complex wine reflects its ripe vintage. It is enjoyable now, and will continue to develop beautifully over the next decade.
Aromas of wild mountain blackberry, ripe cherry. Sweet cedar, licorice, roasted coffee, bay-leaf/eucalyptus. Sweet vanilla, toasted oak/caramel. On the palate, layered ripe currant/cassis, plum, black olive; light tobacco/coffee. Silky, elegant tannins. Very complex; reflective of its Monte Bello site.
50% CABERNET SAUVIGNON, 49% MERLOT, 1% PETIT VERDOT
"...a big mountain wine, filled with the flavors of ripe blackberries, blueberries and oak..."