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Ridge California Coast Range 2000

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    Winemaker Notes

    The Ridge practice of separately harvesting and fermenting each vineyard block has a pleasant side effect. When the very best and most characteristic lots have gone to the single-vineyard bottlings, there's some excellent wine left over. Skillful tasting, imagination, and a touch of audacity can bring these initially-disparate elements together in a delightful whole, which is the Coast Range. The blend will vary from year to year. Intended to be drunk young.

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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 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.

    CVI974687_2000 Item# 50438