The Rosati Family believes in coming together often with family and friends. Our reunions are a time to enjoy camaraderie along side tantalizing food and wines.
Great wine begins in the vineyard. Our original bud wood was a gift in 1987 from Dave Bennion, a co-founder of Ridge Vineyards. Dave selected vines from Jimsomare Vineyard and planted those cuttings at 1,000 feet above the Russian River at our ranch in southern Mendocino County. For many years Dave had made himself at home hunting mushrooms and pigs at the ranch; during these joyous times, he discovered the most suitable vineyard sites.
As Zelma Long, our consulting winemaker, likes to say, “less is better”. Our goal and hers is to have our wines reflect the terroir. She believes that fine wines are created in response to the annual circumstances of the vine condition, the prevailing weather patterns and, of course, the grapes’ character. Her seasoned winemaking skills, honed initially from 1970 to 1979 at Mondavi, are what we rely upon as well as our own tastes.
We use technology to assess and understand our vines, the grapes and, ultimately, the wines. Our wines are produced from the drain wines following a cold soak and slow extraction. For 18 to 20 months we store the wines in the finest once or twice used French Oak cooperage. Typically, five years post harvest, we release our wines to top tier restaurants, wine bars and retail establishments.
We hope that you will enjoy our gold medal wines and, some day, visit us in Mendocino for a view of the steep and striking hillside vineyard itself.
Danelle and Mario’s goal has been to consistently create a food friendly wine that reflects their beloved Mendocino Ranch—its fresh earthiness, its daily warmth, and complementary foggy evening breezes; a wine that is pure and prominently derived from estate grown 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
Our 2009 is an aromatic, elegant and complex wine with a dark, ruby red color. The wine has lifted aromas of fresh and intense black cherries, integrated with subtle undertones of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. In the mouth, the black fruits are rich and expressive, with oak quietly integrated; it owns a sense of power and harmony between its aromatics and palate. It is young, beautifully balanced, and delicious. Serve with Pork Stew with Sweet & Hot Peppers from the Abruzzo.
Appellation: Mendocino County
Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Clone: Carefully selected Jimsomare clones by Dave Bennion, one of the founders of Ridge Vineyards
Yield: 1.71 tons per acre
Soil: Hopland gravelly clay loam
Elevation: Sloped vineyard at 1,000 to 1,200 feet
Climate: Warm summer days and cool nights prior to harvest
Harvest Date: September 25, 2009
Cooperage: 21 months in 100% lightly-used French oak
Production: 444 cases