2019 Ridge Vineyards 'Klein Vineyard' Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Cruz Mountains, California
This vineyard on Monte Bello Road was originally planted to cabernet sauvignon in 1888 by Pierre Klein. The site, rising from 1,200 to 2,000 feet elevation, later came to be known as Jimsomare and provided Ridge with a single-vineyard cabernet from 1978 through 1997. Ridge took over the vineyard during that time and it is now a part of the firm’s Monte Bello estate.
Deep ruby red with aromas of red plum, blackberry, mint, and toasty oak. Dark briary fruit and black olive on the palate with rich, supple tannins and a long, smooth finish.
Destemmed and whole berry fermentation. Pressed at eight days. Fermented on the native yeasts. Natural malolactic initiated in tank, finished in barrel six weeks later. Remained on gross lees for fifteen weeks. Sees 100% new air-dried American oak for 20 months. Only 12 barrels (300 cases) were produced.