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.
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- Ships Tomorrow2013-12-13
Ridge Lytton Springs has briary blackberry, dark cherry and pepper on the nose. The palate full bodied, viscous with well coated tannins, plum and cocoa. The finish is long with bright acidity.
Blend: 82% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah, 2% Carignane more
- Ships Mon, Dec 162013-12-16
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Garnet color; cherry, strawberry-rhubarb, oak spice; sweet bramble entry, medium body, soft tannins, balanced acid, attractive oak, approachable, medium-length to finish. more
Ridge's Ponzo Zinfandel is a medium garnet color. The wine has red fruits, tart plum, white pepper, dried herbs, and crushed stone aromas. Elegant entry; sweet red currant, strawberry, lightly toasted oak. Medium body, finely woven tannins, refreshing acidity. An approachable wine.
Blend: 97%... more
Pagani Ranch Zinfandel is deep garnet in color. The wine shows mixed boysenberry, strawberry, rhubarb compote. Peppermint, old-vine black pepper. It has a medium-to-full body, with round tannins and firm acid. On the palate, tart juicy plum, intense cherry. Layered and sensuous.
Blend: 78%... more
Dark purple/violet. Black pepper, cocoa, tobacco, black currants and a hint of cinnamon on the nose. Blackberry and plum fruit flavors followed by full but well coated tannins, firm acidity and a long finish. more
Light gold color. Notes of tropical pineapple fruit, white flowers, apricot, and honeysuckle. This Chardonnay has a rich entry and good texture. Medium bodied, with crisp acidity, ripe apple/pear fruit, and a long finish. more
The 2011 Geyserville is a ruby color. Scented with bramble fruit, mint, gravelly earth, sweet oak, as well as black tea, and sweet cherry fruit. Medium chalky tannins, sensuous, layered, with complex minerals, old vine/field-blend fruits and lively acidity. Long savory finish.
Blend: 78%... more
Rich bramble fruit on the nose along with fennel, black olive, and savory dried herbs. A very smooth entry, medium-to-full bodied with round tannins and a lengthy finish. A very elegant wine.
A nose of rich raspberry and pepper accompanied by floral and mineral notes. The palate is layered with dark cherry and black currant fruit, mineral, and cocoa. Balanced acidity with fine tannins on the finish. Made with 100% Zinfandel. more
Unlike Ridge's single-vineyard wines, which reflect the distinctive character of each site, Three Valleys represents the blending of vineyards-winemaking-at it's finest. Zinfandel determines the wine's varietal character; old-vine Carignane contributes
bright fruit and acidity; Petite Sirah spice,... more