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Ridge Vineyards

Ridge Vineyards
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I attended a symposium at Ridge Vineyards this May.
Located in the Santa Cruz Mountains Ridge Vineyards was instrumental in creating a vineyard driven expression of a vintage year. Each year the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc changes depending on the how the grapes taste after they have finished their elevage. Their Montebello bottling is blended by a team who jointly recommend the blend for the vintage. Each year the blend of the Montebello will change slightly. Montebello ages very well. The 1992 I had in 2011 was perfectly poised and very beautiful. The 1978 Montebello was graceful and silky. The 2000 vintage tasted in 2011 felt very young with many years of bottle aging ahead.