Russian Ridge Winery
The mission of this two-generation winery is to find the best fruit available and then coax out all the complexity trapped inside to give you the best wine possible.
Tasting Room Hours: Friday: 5pm-9pm; Weekends: 12pm-5pm
2012 SCM Pinot Noir – Accolades: 2014 Silver Medal, SF International; 2015 Silver Medal, SF Chronicle; Silver Best in Class 2015, CA State Fair; 2015 Silver Medal, Pinot Shoot Out. This 2,000-foot-elevation-vineyard Pinot Noir is a big wine. Deep red colors combined with bold flavors produce a masculine Pinot. Subtle spices combined with a full mouthfeel offers a unique tasting experience. This is not your traditional Pinot Noir.
2014 Concerto – Accolades: Double Gold 2017, SF Chronicle; 2017 Gold Medal, CA State Fair. This Bordeaux-style blend from the Santa Cruz Mountains contains all five of the varietal planted to the Bordeaux region. 51% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec, 5% Petite Sirah, this is Russian Ridge's flagship wine. The Concerto is smooth and well-rounded with big flavors of raspberry and cherry.
2014 Fiddletown Zinfandel – 2017 Bronze Medal, SF Chronicle. 20% Ancient Vines. A vineyard, which has continuously grown wine grapes since 1857, has a block that was planted in 1900 and gives Russian Ridge 20% of the fruit in this wine. They add 5% Petite Sirah to make it a complex dark ruby-red wine that represents its heritage. Berries, pepper and spice are evident in this moderately big but never overwhelming Zin.
Affiliations: Mid Peninsula Wine Trail, Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Passport Days
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