Precise and well-built, with briary dark berry aromas and a lively core of acidity and tannins framed by notes of black cherry, licorice and peppered herb. Drink now through 2024. 1,274 cases made.
This wine grows at the first site Jay Heminway planted at his property in the eastern hills of Napa Valley, the vines replanted in the mid-90s after the original vineyard succumbed to phylloxera. The plant material came from Trentadue Ranch, from an old block that Ridge uses for Geyserville, so the cuttings included a bit of petite sirah, syrah, carignan, grenache and some Italian varieties. The 2014 is clean and direct in its raspberry ripeness, darkened and softened by oak aging. There’s a comforting feel to the raspy fruit tannins, lasting on gentle minerality and spice. This is built for roast venison or lamb.
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