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Paso Robles 2006

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100% Zinfandel This vineyard's forward fruit and soft tannins have often dictated early bottling. Rich fruit and the spice of barrel aging are beautifully balanced in this accessible zinfandel. It will be at its best over the next five years.

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Ridge Vineyards:
The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone (third person on bench wearing tall boots), a doctor who became a prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. He terraced the slopes and planted vineyards; using native limestone, he constructed the Monte Bello Winery, producing the first vintage under that name... Read more
The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone (third person on bench wearing tall boots), a doctor who became a prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. He terraced the slopes and planted vineyards; using native limestone, he constructed the Monte Bello Winery, producing the first vintage under that name in 1892. This unique cellar, built into the mountainside on three levels, is Ridge's production facility. At 2600', it is surrounded by the "upper vineyard." In the 1940s, William Short, a theologian, bought the abandoned winery and vineyard just below the Perrone property; he replanted several parcels to cabernet sauvignon in the late 1940s. From these vines — now the "middle vineyard"— new owners Dave Bennion and his three partners, all Stanford Research Institute engineers, made a quarter-barrel of "estate" cabernet. That Monte Bello Cabernet was among California's finest wines of the era. Its quality and distinctive character, and the wines produced from these same vines in 1960 and '61, convinced the partners to re-bond the winery in time for the 1962 vintage. The first zinfandel was made in 1964, from a small nineteenth-century vineyard farther down the ridge. This was followed in 1966 by the first Geyserville zinfandel. The founding families reclaimed the Monte Bello terraces, increasing vineyard size from fifteen to forty-five acres. Working on weekends, they made wines of regional character and unprecedented intensity. By 1968, production had increased to just under three thousand cases per year, and in 1969, Paul Draper joined the partnership. A Stanford graduate in philosophy—recently returned from setting up a winery in Chile's coast range—he was a practical winemaker, not an enologist. His knowledge of fine wines and traditional methods complemented the straightforward "hands off" approach pioneered at Ridge. Under his guidance the old Perrone winery (acquired the previous year) was restored, the finest vineyard lands leased or purchased, the consistent quality and international reputation of the wines established. Cabernet and zinfandel account for most of the production; syrah, grenache, carignane, and petite sirah constitute a small percentage. Known primarily for its red wines, Ridge has also made limited amounts of chardonnay since 1962. Lytton Springs, in Sonoma County, became part of the Ridge estate in 1991. A quarter century's experience with this vineyard had convinced us that it was an exceptional piece of ground. Forty consecutive vintages of Geyserville attest to yet another stunning combination of location and varietals. Though born in the early sixties to the post-Prohibition world of modern California winemaking, Ridge relies on nature and tradition rather than technology. Our approach is straightforward: find intense, flavorful grapes; intrude upon the process only when necessary; draw the fruit's distinctive character and richness into the wine. Read less

Member Reviews for Paso Robles

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4.00 5
02/12/2009

I really love Ridge. This wine also is excellent as well, but we should wait at least a couple of years for the maturity. But if you want to enjoy this wine now, I recommend you to decant the wine first and actually I did it.


Snooth User: gbover
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3.00 5
07/25/2011

Very smooth right out of the bottle with a perfect spice finish.


Snooth User: skylash
14345127
3.50 5
03/17/2009

very well balanced, almost classic zin. spice, not overbearing fruit, brambly, very drinkable on day 1 and day 2 (vacuumed).


Snooth User: drift75
8128984
3.50 5
09/01/2008

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Paso Robles

External Review
Source: Salute! Wine Market
06/29/2009

ORGANICRich fruit and the spice of barrel aging are beautifully balanced in this accessible zinfandel. It will be at its best over the next five years.


External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesThis vineyard's forward fruit and soft tannins have often dictated early bottling. In this vintage, however, our blind tastings confirmed the need for a full thirteen months of barrel age. Rich fruit and the spice of barrel aging are beautifully balanced in this accessible zinfandel. It will be at its best over the next five years.


External Review
03/10/2009

Paso Robles produces some of the biggest, fullest Zins around, and this is no exception. Bursting with raspberry and boysenberry fruit and with an exceptional, ageworthy structure. We haven't seen Paul Draper's Paso Robles bottling in several vintages, and we're thrilled to have it back!


External Review
03/16/2010

Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel 2006 Paso Robles and all other wine from Ridge Vineyards are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.



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