Ridge Vineyards Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, 2013

Ridge Vineyards Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, 2013

45.00

The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor who became a prominent member of San Francisco’s Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. He terraced the slopes and planted vineyards; using native limestone, he constructed the Monte Bello Winery, producing the first vintage under that name in 1892. This unique cellar, built into the mountainside on three levels, is Ridge’s production facility. Lytton Springs, in Sonoma County, became part of the Ridge estate in 1991. Though born in the early sixties to the post-Prohibition world of modern California winemaking, Ridge relies on nature and tradition rather than technology. Their pre-industrial approach is straightforward: find intense, flavorful grapes; intrude upon the process only when necessary; draw the fruit’s distinctive character and richness into the wine. 74% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah, 8% Carignan, 2% Mataro. This wine is full and forward with an attractive nose of dark cherries, blackberries & plums with briary overtones. Spices, dried herbs, minerals and a hint of vanilla in the background. A very good balanced, and smooth textured wine.

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