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In 1962, Ridge Vineyards made its first Monte Bello, and two years later its first Zinfandel. Since that time, Ridge has focused on searching in California for those rare and exceptional vineyards where climate, soil, and variety are ideally matched.
At Ridge Vineyards, they use the “Pre-Industrial” approach to winemaking. They believe that for anyone attempting to make fine wine, modern additives and industrial processing limit true quality. The philosophy comes from the techniques used in the finest 19th-century California wineries and Bordeaux chateaux. In 1933, after thirteen years of Prohibition, very few winemakers who were trained in pre-Prohibition traditional techniques were young enough to return to their positions. Universities stepped in to fill the need for winemaker expertise, and began – year by year – to reinvent winemaking as an industrial process. Ridge Vineyards believe that these increasingly industrial methods interfere with the distinctive qualities of a fine vineyard and mask – rather than improve – the character of a wine.
“Deeply structured, yet nimble on its feet. Blackberry, fresh fennel and brown baking spice. An engaging blend, well-knit and distinctive for its savory raspberry and cherry flavors that draw in bay leaf, Asian spice and smoked pepper notes. Tannins are ripe and briary. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane and Mataro. Drink now through 2029.“
-Wine Spectator, 93 Points
“Deep garnet-red color. Aromas of ripe raspberry and cherry fruits, fresh mint, exotic spices, with clay-earth minerals. Beautiful briary fruits on entry, medium-full body, integrated tannins, and great persistence to the finish.”
Standard Retail Price: $32.99 per bottle
Foxcroft Online Price: 2 bottles for $55
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