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Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 2011 750ml

Rated 92 - Ridge's 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is quite laid back in this vintage. Sweet floral notes meld into red stone fruits, pomegranate...
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Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Bello 2012 750ml

Rated 98 - The 2012 Monte Bello is one of the most harmonious young Monte Bellos I can remember tasting. Seamless and voluptuous through to the...
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Ridge Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains 2012 750ml

Rated 91 - Rich and well-centered, with ripe apple, melon, cedary oak, spice and anise notes that are very complete and persistent. Drink now....
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Ridge Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains 2013 750ml

Rated 92 - The 2013 Chardonnay Estate is classy, understated and polished. Lemon peel, yellow orchard fruit, mint and a gentle hint of spice open...
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Ridge Geyserville 2013 750ml

Rated 94 - The 2013 Zinfandel Geyserville is every bit as fabulous from bottle as it was from barrel last year. Ripe and voluptuous on the palate -...
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Ridge Lytton Springs 2013 750ml

Rated 95 - The 2013 Lytton Springs has really come together over the last year, far exceeding my early expectations. Powerful and explosive in the...
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Ridge Merlot Santa Cruz Mountains 2010 750ml

Rated 90 - An excellent choice for drinking over the next few years, the 2010 Merlot Estate is juicy, expressive and beautiful. The 2010 vibrancy...
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Ridge Merlot Santa Cruz Mountains 2011 750ml

Rated 92 - The 2011 Merlot Estate is gorgeous. A blast of dark red and black stone fruits melds into a more typical expression of mountain fruit,...
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Ridge Merlot Santa Cruz Mountains 2012 750ml

Rated 92 - The 2012 Merlot Estate is an absolute joy to taste. Dark and sumptuous to the core, the 2012 boasts superb richness to match its...
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Ridge Zinfandel East Bench 2013 750ml

Rated 91 - Black cherry, plum, smoke, dark spices and licorice are some of the notes that inform the Ridge's 2013 Zinfandel East Bench. The 2013...
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Ridge Zinfandel Paso Robles 2013 750ml

Rated 90 - Ridge's 2013 Zinfandel Paso Robles, from the Benito Dusi Ranch, exudes Paso warmth and richness. Unquestionably racy and overt, the 2013...

Ridge Winery & Vineyards

California Wine, Sonoma County

About Ridge Vineyard and Winery

Ridge Winery history begins in 1886 when Osea Perrone, a doctor from northern Italy, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge, on the San Francisco peninsula. He planted grapes on top of the ridge, and on its steep southern slopes, at the same time constructing his Monte Bello winery. Limestone cellars built into the hillside on two levels became the foundation of a large redwood building, where Perrone produced the first Monte Bello wines in 1892. Today, Ridge uses the historic winery for production and aging. Almost half of the surrounding acreage, abandoned during Prohibition, has been replanted; this is our "upper" vineyard.

In the 1940s, a retired theologian who loved farming as much as he loved fine wine, bought the adjoining Torre winery and its former vineyard. William Short replanted eight of the forty-eight acres to cabernet sauvignon and a small amount of chardonnay. In 1959, this 2300' "middle" vineyard was purchased by the Ridge founders as a weekend retreat for their families. One of the group, Dave Bennion, appropriated a small amount of that year's fruit, and produced the first "Ridge" Monte Bello cabernet. The exceptional quality of that wine inspired the founding families; they reopened the Torre winery as Ridge Vineyards in time for the 1962 vintage. By 1968, they had purchased the Perrone property. Paul Draper joined the group as winemaker in 1969; in 1971, he moved production to the old Monte Bello winery.

During the seventies, Ridge worked with the Schwabacher family to replant the nineteenth-century cabernet vineyards on their land further down the mountain, and in 1978 these young plantings produced the first Jimsomare Cabernet. In 1996, Ridge took over the Jimsomare vines, integrating them with Monte Bello as the "lower" vineyard. We select grapes from the more than thirty separate parcels on the lower, middle, and upper to make our Monte Bello, Santa Cruz Mountains, and Home Ranch wines.

These vines have now produced over forty vintages of Ridge Monte Bello, whose ability to develop complexity with age is unmatched in California, and recognized worldwide.

Ridge Winery Zinfandel Pagani Ranch

The Ridge Winery Pagani Ranch Zinfandel is a big, plush, moderately complex wine whose undisguised ripeness is married to a nice bit of juicy fruit, peppery spice.

Ridge Winery Zinfandel Paso Robles

The Ridge Winery Paso Robles Zinfandel shows lots of sweet, baked berry elements streaked with cocoa, caramel and faint suggestions of dried herbs; plump and fleshy in feel.

Ridge Winery Zinfandel Sonoma Station

The Sonoma Station Zinfandel has aromas of currant, orange peel and clove; juicy, penetrating and complex; notes of briary berries, cherry pit, and bitter chocolate.

Ridge Winery Cabernet Sauvignon

Ridge Winery Cabernet Sauvignon starts out with earthy, gamy, leathery flavors, then turns supple and polished, with complex anise, currant, berry, mushroom and cedar notes. Shows more sweet-tasting fruit and balance than most '88s.--1988 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now through 2006.

Ridge Winery Geyserville

Ripe and full-bodied, with zesty wild berry, raspberry and blackberry fruit that stays pure and focused if a bit raw and hot on the finish.

Ridge Winery Coast Range

Lots of ripe, grapey flavors, with black cherry, raspberry and boysenberry flavors that are vivid and enticing. Balanced tannins. Zinfandel, Carignane, Petite Sirah and others. Drink now through 2004.