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Ridge Sonoma Station Zinfandel 2001

Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    The grapes for this wine are grown in three viticultural areas—Dry Creek, Russian River, and Alexander Valleys. The varietal mix parallels traditional "field blends" found in old—especially Italian—plantings throughout Sonoma. Despite its depth and structure, Lytton Station is best drunk young, when the rich fruit is especially lively and appealing. Expect the raspberry and blackberry so typical of this region's old-vine zinfandel, along with complexity imparted by the other varietals. Petite sirah contributes spice and color; carignane brings firm acid, bright fruit flavors, and a certain elegance.

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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.

    WLD944516_2001 Item# 58890