Yield: 2.0 tons per acre
Harvest: October 4th-26th
Numbers @ Harvest: 23.5° Brix, 3.4 pH, 5.7 grams acidity
Cepage: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc & 2% Petit Verdot
Barrel Regimen: French; 60% new; aged 23 months in barrel
Bottling: August 2014; no fining or filtration
Release Date: Fall 2016
The Santa Cruz Mountains holds a special distinction. It is home to the only two estate-bottled mountain Cabernets that are truly influenced by the Pacific Ocean and both have been at it awhile: Ridge Monte Bello (1962) and Mount Eden Estate (1946). If you appreciate the qualities that result in Bordeaux varieties grown on the edge—namely, low alcohols, earth-driven flavors and unique terroir—these are the best examples.
2012 was a great California Cabernet vintage. Even though a drought year, the season was long and cool. Harvest started on October 4th and ended October 26th. The slow autumnal ripening allowed the fruit to develop beautiful depth and complexity. Finally, after two years in our cellar and two years in the bottle, we present this extraordinary wine.
Distinctive aromas of blackberry, black pepper, cardamom, sage and earth abound. The flavors are rich and balanced (13% alcohol) with impressive depth on the mid-palate. The acidity is high, indicating a long evolution yet the balance of tannin is integrated.