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Ridge Vineyards

California winery headquartered near the city of Cupertino in the AVA area of ​​the Santa Cruz Mountains. There is a second winery in the Sonoma County, The origin dates back to 1885, when Osea Perrone acquired 180 acres (72 hectares) of land on Mount Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He started a vineyard and called his farm "Monte Bello Winery". The first wine production took place in 1892. In the early 1960s, the estate was acquired by David Bennion and three partners, a group of scientists from nearby Stanford University. Winemaker has been Paul Draper since 1969. There are going to be wines Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc, Carignan Noir ( mazuelo ) Chardonnay, Mataro ( Monastrell ) Merlot. Petite Sirah. Petit Verdot and Zinfandel produced. The vines are partly 60, 80 and some even over 100 years old.

The wines come from some California AVA areas, in parenthesis, the labels are listed. These are the historic area of ​​Santa Cruz Mountains (Monte Bello), as well Napa Valley (York Creek), San Luis Obispo ( Paso Robles ) and Sonoma County (Geyserville, Lytton Springs, Pagani Ranch). At the legendary Paris Wine Tasting In 1976, the "Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Bello 1971" of the winery landed on the fifth and the 30th anniversary in 2006 in the first place and beat all other California and also the Bordeaux plants. In the latter event the wine was 35 years old. This red wine produced in Bordeaux style (with small amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) is still a figurehead today.

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