Ridge Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2021 (Santa Cruz Mountains, California) - [JS  94] [WA 92+]
Ridge Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2021 (Santa Cruz Mountains, California) - [JS  94] [WA 92+]

Ridge Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2021
(Santa Cruz Mountains, California) - [JS 94] [WA 92+]

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Winemaker Notes:

Vintage:

Late spring rains disrupted fruit set in the merlot and yields were likewise down in petit verdot. With less of these two varieties to work with, cabernet sauvignon makes up a larger proportion of this year’s wine. All the grapes were de-stemmed but left as whole berries for slower, gentler extraction during fermentation. After nineteen months of barrel aging, tannins are well integrated. This exemplary mountain-grown cabernet will develop more fully over the next fifteen years. 

84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot

Vineyard: Monte Bello

Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains

Alcohol By Volume: 13.3%

Winemaking: 

Harvest Dates: 
Grapes: Average Brix 25.3˚
TA: 6.72 g/L
pH: 3.55
Fermentation: Grapes destemmed, and sorted; 100% whole berries fermented on the native yeasts.
Selection: Eighteen of twenty estate parcels
Barrels: 100% air-dried American oak barrels (55% new, 45% one year old).
Aging: Sixteen months in barrel

Hand-harvested, estate-grown grapes; destemmed and sorted; fermented on the native yeasts; full malolactic on the naturally occurring bacteria; minimum effective sulfur (35 ppm at crush, 138 ppm during aging); four egg whites per barrel for tannin reduction; depth filtration at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.

Tasting Notes:

Dark purple hues with black cherry, dark plum, black olive, soy, dried jerky, lilac, dried rose petals, cedar, juniper berry, and wintergreen mint. Fresh entry with building tannins that coat the entire palate. Gravelly, dusty, and mineral notes give way to layers of red and black fruits. Integrated oak with youthful tannins and acidity. Will prove to be very age-worthy. TG (12/23)

Ratings & Reviews:

94 Points - James Suckling:
"Graphite, tobacco, grilled plums, black olives and black cherries are held firmly by velvety tannins on a medium body at 13.3% alcohol. Tense, concentrated, linear and acid-driven while deep in black fruit and subtle oak accents. Grapes grown on Ridge’s Monte Bello property at lower elevations on the slopes. Best after 2029." (May 2024)

92+ Points - Wine Advocate:
"Blended with 16% Merlot and bottled at 13.3% alcohol, the 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is immediately layered and expressive on the nose. Aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry, cocoa nibs and charred wood lead to a vibrant, satiny palate that is fresh and light on its feet. The finish combines juicy, muddled berry flavors with tense, chocolaty tannins of good length. This is delicious already but should improve for the next decade." - Matthew Luczy (Apr 2024)