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
This wine shows a fine, deep red/black color with harmonious and
lifted aromas. Blueberry notes have evolved to darker blackberry
notes and the aromatics of this wine retain their bright fruit
expression but are reaching the “tipping point” between fruit and the
complex of aromas of aging. The wine’s entry on the palate is rich,
with a distinctive tannin structure and texture reminiscent of dark
chocolate, with flavors of black plums. Danelle Rosati recommends
decanting beforehand. Serve with Brizoles Greek Style Grilled Steak..
— Zelma Long, Winemaker
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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 1.82 tons per acre
SOIL Hopland gravelly clay loam
ELEVATION Sloped vineyard at 1,000 to 1,200 feet
CLIMATE Cool summer with a late harvest
HARVEST DATES October 19, 2010
COOPERAGE 21 months in 90% lightly-used French oak
PRODUCTION 495 cases