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A candidate for the greatest wineMaker of the New World, Paul Draper has been running things at Ridge since 1969. His talents with Zinfandel are legendary but it is with his mighty Monte Bello Cabernet-based blend that the full picture of the man's genius is revealed. Now regarded as probably the New World's greatest red wine, Monte Bello is a massively complex mouthful that is a ringer for First Growth Claret rather than a Californian beasts.
Paul Draper's philosophy of terroir is uncompromising - his quote of 'wanting to make wines that taste of the area they came from rather than the people who made them' shows just what the man is about. American oak is used rather than French, and intense analysis of every part of the winemaking procedure is the norm at Ridge.
The fact that Paul is a friendly and sincere man who has no problem with personally showing visitors round the place should demonstrate his qualities. His apperance at the Martinez Ridge dinner, where no fewer than six of his wines were shown, was memorable for everyone who attended such was his relaxed yet highly informative attitude.

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White Wine
Ridge ESTATE CHARDONNAY 2012
USA :: California :: Santa Cruz Mountains
Chardonnay
Sweetness: 2 - Dry
Ready to drink

Elegant and approachable, this fine chardonnay will continue to develop over the next three to four years.

Shop Price: £43.00
75.0CL
Only 7 left
Red Wine
Ridge ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2011
USA :: California :: Santa Cruz Mountains
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot
Body: d - Medium to Full
For laying down

Twenty-one months in barrel and six racks off the settled lees have brought integration and clarity. Elegant structure and the rich, briary fruit typical of our Santa Cruz Mountains estate combine to give the wine immediate appeal. An excellent vintage, it will continue to develop over the next twelve to fourteen years.

Shop Price: £43.00
75.0CL
Out of stock
White Wine
Ridge MONTE BELLO CHARDONNAY 2007
USA :: California :: Santa Cruz Mountains
Chardonnay
Sweetness: 2 - Dry
For laying down

A complex chardonnay that will be drinking well over the next couple of years.

Shop Price: £60.00
75.0CL
Out of stock
Red Wine
Ridge GEYSERVILLE Zinfandel MAGNUM 2012
USA :: California :: Santa Cruz Mountains
Zinfandel/Primitivo
Body: d - Medium to Full
Drink now, but will keep

One of our top Zinfandels. Benchmark quality.

Shop Price: £72.00
150.0CL
Out of stock
Red Wine
Ridge Monte Bello 2010
USA :: California :: Santa Cruz Mountains
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot
Body: d - Medium to Full
Drink now, but will keep

The most successful Californian vintage for years is brilliantly represented by this muscular Bordeaux blend.

Shop Price: £120.00
75.0CL
Only 1 left