About Ridge Vineyards (From the International Wine Report)
The Philosophy at Ridge is respect for the natural process that transforms fresh grapes into wine, and for the 19th century model of guiding that process with minimal intervention. When you have great vineyards that produce high-quality grapes of distinct, individual character, this approach is not only environmentally and socially responsible, it’s also the best way to consistently make fine wine.
Ridge believes to make the finest wines, you must start with great vineyards. Ridge was blessed with the 125-year-old Monte Bello vineyard (abandoned after Prohibition), and the cabernet blocks (replanted in the late 1940s). These vines produced their Monte Bello wines from 1959 to 1969. To supplement that limited production while they continued to re-plant the rest of the abandoned cabernet vineyards, Ridge turned to California’s heritage of pre-Prohibition zinfandel vineyards, making a 1964 from vines planted lower on the ridge in the 1890s. Two years later, in 1966, Ridge made their first Geyserville Zinfandel from Sonoma County vines planted in 1882. By the 1970s, the superb quality and immediate appeal of their old-vine zinfandels was clear. They perfectly complemented their cabernet, whose full complexity developed only with age. Together, the two have become the focus at Ridge. Ridge has made a Geyserville in every vintage, and took over farming the vineyard in 1990. 1972 marked the first Lytton Springs, from vines planted in 1902. Ridge purchased that vineyard in 1991. They, with Monte Bello, make up the estate vineyards. Farming them sustainably, Ridge has certified as organic the majority of blocks at all three.
The 2009 Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon delivers lots of sweet cassis, ripe black cherry, dried herbs, tar, pain grille, backed up by beautiful spring floral and fresh mineral. This shows precise focus and balance with polished dusty tannins leading into the long supple finish. This Cabernet is delicious and really delivers, while approachable now, it will also last well over a decade. 77% cabernet sauvignon with 23% merlot. (Drink 2012-2023) 93+ points International Wine Report