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
Easy to enjoy, the 2012 has warm, immediately expressive aromatics of blueberry, black cherry and brown spices; lifted, and pretty. On the palate the wine has a soft, slightly broad entry, medium weight and length, with some chewy tannins that provide the structure to support food choices that cast a wider net of variations than the powerful vintage of 2010. The wine has a fine line down the palate from entry to finish, and on the finish, a good balance of fruit and texture.
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APPELLATION Mendocino County
VARIETAL 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
CLONES Carefully selected Jimsomare clones by Dave Bennion, one of the founders of Ridge Vineyards
YIELD 1.2 tons per acre
SOIL Hopland gravelly clay loam
ELEVATION Sloped vineyard at 1,000 to 1,200 feet
CLIMATE This vineyard is notable for its north facing slopes and ridgetop position, which experiences mid
and late afternoon breezes. The October harvest morning was ideal – cool with clear skies
HARVEST DATES October 6, 2012
COOPERAGE A blend of fine quality french oak barrels from five coopers, “once used”
PRODUCTION 422 cases