Ridge Fall 2012 Releases - available in September!
Fall 2012 Release Info - Get labels, backgrounders, bottle shots, and more for
Fall 2012 releases. For a Fall Release pre-sell
click here. To watch the archived video footage from our Spring Releases virtual
tasting on 13 April 2012, please click
What's New - August 2012
- In a retrospective tasting in the June 2012 issue of The Wine Advocate,
Robert Parker gives the
2002 Monte Bello a superb 95+ points!
2009 Petite Sirah Lytton Estate received 92 points (2 puffs) in the June 2012 issue of
Connoisseur's Guide to California Wines.
- The editorial staff at Wine & Spirits magazine picked our
2010 Estate Chardonnay (93 pts.) as a Best Buy in their August 2012 issue.
- Several of our zinfandels are reviewed in the June 2012 issue
of California Grapevine: our
2010 Paso Robles Zinfandel (90 pts.), and
2010 Geyserville (90 pts.) are both very highly recommended. Printable 2010 Paso Zin shelf talker
- Our winemaking team has finalized the assemblage of the 2011 Monte Bello.
Watch video (6:48) at YouTube.com |
the 2011 Monte Bello harvest and assemblage report
- Among the "Recommended Sonoma Zins" from the San Francisco Chronicle (4 May 2012)
2010 Estate Chardonnay (91 pts.) is very highly recommended in the May 2012 issue of
- Ridge Monte Bello makes the May 2012 cover of Decanter Magazine which
includes a 19.5 point score for the
2008 Monte Bello. Download full article
- In the 23rd Annual Restaurant Poll issue of Wine & Spirits magazine, our
East Bench Zinfandel was selected the #2 zinfandel on restaurant wine lists. We've been
in the top two zinfandel slots for eight years in a row! Check out
the downloadable sell sheet
for the upcoming
2010 East Bench Zinfandel.
- Click here to get
labels, backgrounders, and sell sheets for our upcoming
- The February 2012 issue of Wine & Spirits magazine features two of our
2008 Chardonnay Monte Bello (93 pts.) and
2009 Lytton Springs (92 pts.).
- On Day 1 of the San Francisco Chronicle's "12 Wines of Christmas", our
2008 Monte Bello and
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate are picked as top cabernets (12 December
2011). Read article at SFGate.com
- Our 2009 Lytton Springs
is one of the San Francisco Chronicle's Top 100 Wines of 2011. Read article at SFGate.com
The 2009 Sonoma County Three Valleys
made their list of Top Vintners Not At Top Dollar.
- The October-November issue of California Grapevine highlights some of our
2008 Chardonnay Monte Bello (first place, 93 pts.),
2009 Pagani Ranch Zinfandel (first place, 90 pts.), and
2009 York Creek Zinfandel (second place, 90 pts.).
- Tim Fish at The Wine Spectator gives 92 points (web-only review) to the
2009 Pagani Ranch Zinfandel in a short profile of the Pagani vineyard in a 23
September 2011 online article.
Read article at WineSpectator.com
(subscription required) | printable shelf talker
- Get PDFs of some recent shelf talkers:
2008 Monte Bello (WA 97+ pts.)
2009 Lytton Springs (WA 95 pts.),
2008 Chardonnay Monte Bello (WA 95 pts.)
2009 Estate Chardonnay (WA 95 pts.),
2009 Geyserville (WA 94 pts.),
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (WA 94 pts.),
2009 East Bench Zinfandel (WA 91 pts.), and
2009 Paso Robles Zinfandel (WS 91 pts.).
See recent POS materials
- A bevy of great reviews from Antonio Galloni at The Wine Advocate (August
2011, Issue 196)!
2008 Monte Bello (97+ pts.)
2009 Lytton Springs (95 pts.),
2008 Chardonnay Monte Bello (95 pts.)
2009 Estate Chardonnay (95 pts.),
2009 Geyserville (94 pts.),
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (94 pts.), and
2009 East Bench Zinfandel (91 pts.).
Read reviews |
More info at eRobertParker.com
(subscription required) | Download a printable version of the reviews
- Fall Releases Virtual Tasting - We have archived footage from our virtual
tasting that happened on Friday 26 August 2011 from our Lytton Springs winery right here.
Our winemaking team of Paul Draper, John Olney, and Eric Baugher presented the Fall
Releases at this virtual tasting.
2009 East Bench Zinfandel (92 pts.) and
2009 Geyserville (90 pts.) are highlighted in the September 2011 issue of
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines. More info at CGCW.com
- The September 2011 issue of Wine Enthusiast magazine features some of our
2009 Ponzo Zinfandel (91 pts.),
2009 Paso Robles Zinfandel (91 pts.),
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (90 pts.) as well as the previously
2009 East Bench Zinfandel (92 pts.).
2009 Paso Robles Zinfandel receives 91 points from Tim Fish in the 31 August
2011 issue of The Wine Spectator.
- In the ten-year 2001 California Cabernet retrospective in Robert Parker's The
Wine Advocate (30 June 2011, Issue 195), the
2001 Monte Bello walked away with a 99-point score.
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (94 pts.) and upcoming
2008 Monte Bello (95 pts., September 1 release) were amongst the best 2008
California Cabernets in the 15 June 2011 post at JamesSuckling.com.
Read full article at JamesSuckling.com
- In the June-July 2011 issue of California Grapevine, a number of our Spring
Releases are reviewed including:
2009 Zinfandel Paso Robles (92 pts.),
2009 Ponzo Zinfandel (91 pts.),
2009 Zinfandel East Bench (89 pts.) and
2009 Geyserville (89 pts.).
2008 Zinfandel Pagani Ranch (91 pts., 15 Jun 2011) and
2008 Zinfandel East Bench (91 pts., 15 Jun 2011) are two wines highlighted
in Tim Fish's article on 2008 Zinfandels in the 30 June 2011 issue of Wine Spectator
which also includes a retrospective tasting including
2001 Geyserville (91 pts.),
2001 Lytton Springs (90 pts.), and 1991 Geyserville (89 pts.).
- On 4 June 2011, Alder Yarrow at Vinography.com blogged about Ridge and highlighed
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (9-9.5 pts.) as a "serious and seriously
Read full blog entry at Vinography.com
- The SF Examimer profiles Ridge Vineyards and winemaker Paul Draper in their
2 June 2011 issue.
Read full article at SFExaminer.com
2009 Zinfandel East Bench (92 pts.) is one of the top-rated zinfandels for barbecue,
in a recent web article at Wine Enthusiast magazine (posted 1 June 2011)
Read full article at Winemag.com
Here's what Antonio Galloni wrote in The Wine Advocate (Issue 196, August
"The 2008 Monte Bello is striking. It is a decidedly muscular Monte Bello endowed
with layers of dark fruit. Tobacco, mint, asphalt and crushed rocks develop in the
glass, adding tons of complexity and finesse. A long, saline finish rounds things
out beautifully. In 2008 the cold growing season stretched into October and the
wine definitely has the feel of a cool vintage. The spring frost and the second
year of drought conditions lowered yields significantly. Yields were just 1.25 tons
per acre on average, but some of the older vineyards came in at less than 1 ton
per acre. The balance of fruit, tannin and structure is simply extraordinary, but
the wine needs time, most likely lots of it. In 2008 the blend is 72% Cabernet Sauvignon
and 28% Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2038.
I tasted a breathtaking array of wines during my recent visit with Paul Draper at
Ridge. Draper is a true American icon, so it's great to see him doing well after
a bout with illness. I also tasted a number of older wines, including several Monte
Bellos going back to the 1970s. Heretical as it may sound, I think the wines Draper
is making today will prove to be far superior to the wines of decades past, many
of which are rightly considered legendary. For ease of reference I have also included
notes on all of the Ridge wines made outside the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Chardonnays
are fermented with native yeasts and go into barrel with their gross lees, which
are stirred once a week. The malos usually start the following spring. The wines
are assembled just before the following harvest and go back into neutral oak. Aging
is about 15 months for the Estate and 17 months for the Chardonnay Monte Bello,
with a maximum of 25% new barrels. The reds are fermented with ambient yeasts, undergo
malolactic fermentation in tank (except for the Monte Bello which is mostly done
in barrel) and stay on their gross lees until the following spring." -Antonio
Galloni, (Rated: 97+)
A special offering from our reserves. Here's what Karen MacNeil writes about Monte
"As classic, structured, and concentrated as First Growth Bordeaux, the Ridge
Monte Bello cabernet sauvignons are mighty and majestic wines. Opening one from
a great vintage when it's young is almost criminal, for the wine will be as firmly
closed as a steel trap. But in ten years or so a stunningly rich superstar saturated
with black currant fruit will emerge." –The Wine Bible
Six bottles, three extraordinary vintages.
Large Formats & Older Vintages
We have received many requests over the years to offer older vintages and odd size
formats. Should you wish to obtain any of these wines for your restaurant or fine
wine store, please contact us.