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Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel Paso Robles Usa California Santa Cruz Zinfandel 2005

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Notes on the Villa Creek Mas De Maha Rhone-Style Blend Paso Robles 2005 : WINE ADVOCATE REVIEW: 93 POINTS A brilliant effort, the opaque ruby/purple-tinged 2005 Mas de Maha tastes like a hypothetical blend of a top-notch Bandol and Chateauneuf du Pape from France and a Spanish Toro. A blend of 60% Tempranillo, 15% Grenache, and 15% Mourvedre, it offers an expressive bouquet of sandalwood, blueberries, raspberries, kirsch, pepper, resin, spice, and earth. Medium to full-bodied, seriously endowed, and complex, this tasty red will provide plenty of pleasure over the next 4-5 years. WA # , #172 (Aug 2007) Drink 2007 - 2012 Robert ParkerWINEMAKER NOTES: Dark purple, black fruits, cocoa, freshly turned earth, and tapenade, plush, ripe black fruits, molasses, tabacco and spice, lengthly tannins that will allow for 8-10 years of cellaring.VILLA CREEK MAS DE MAHA RHONE-STYLE BLEND PASO ROBLES 2005

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 Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel Paso Robles Usa California Santa Cruz Zinfandel

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Snooth User: bikejestr
7840920
4.00 5
11/24/2008

very enjoyable indeed. just look at my other reviews of this wine different years.


Snooth User: drwave
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3.50 5
12/02/2008

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel Paso Robles Usa California Santa Cruz Zinfandel

External Review
Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
03/16/2010

Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel 2005 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.


External Review
Source: WineGlobe.com
01/29/2009

A typical Ridge Paso Robles is ripe, medium- to full-bodied, with a burst of cherry/berry/plum fruit, characteristic pepper/fennel/wild thyme spice, some clay/earth notes, best drunk youngish.


External Review
Source: WineGlobe.com
01/29/2009

The 2005 growing season was delayed by cool spring weather that continued through late May, but above-average summer temperatures allowed the vineyard to catch up. The stressed vines at the top were harvested in early September; the rest ripened lock



Notes on the Villa Creek Mas De Maha Rhone-Style Blend Paso Robles 2005 : WINE ADVOCATE REVIEW: 93 POINTS A brilliant effort, the opaque ruby/purple-tinged 2005 Mas de Maha tastes like a hypothetical blend of a top-notch Bandol and Chateauneuf du Pape from France and a Spanish Toro. A blend of 60% Tempranillo, 15% Grenache, and 15% Mourvedre, it offers an expressive bouquet of sandalwood, blueberries, raspberries, kirsch, pepper, resin, spice, and earth. Medium to full-bodied, seriously endowed, and complex, this tasty red will provide plenty of pleasure over the next 4-5 years. WA # , #172 (Aug 2007) Drink 2007 - 2012 Robert ParkerWINEMAKER NOTES: Dark purple, black fruits, cocoa, freshly turned earth, and tapenade, plush, ripe black fruits, molasses, tabacco and spice, lengthly tannins that will allow for 8-10 years of cellaring.VILLA CREEK MAS DE MAHA RHONE-STYLE BLEND PASO ROBLES 2005

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