Ridge Estate Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

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Vintage: 2020
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Ridge Estate Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 showcases the artistry of Winemaker Paul Draper, with consulting winemaker insights not mentioned. This wine presents itself with inky purple hues, heralding a rich and complex bouquet of dark plum, black cherry, cedar, cola, and sweet toasted oak on the nose. As it graces the palate, a full-bodied entrance unveils sumptuous blackberry, cocoa powder, brown spices, and a subtle hint of peppermint. Meticulously crafted from hand-harvested, estate-grown grapes, the native yeast fermentation and minimal intervention underscore the terroir’s authenticity.

Aged for nineteen months in American oak barrels, this Cabernet Sauvignon boasts integrated tannins and a long, satisfying finish. Notably, the 2020 vintage leaned more heavily on Cabernet Sauvignon due to challenges faced by merlot and petit verdot, promising further evolution over the next fifteen years. This wine earned critical acclaim with a rating of 92 points by Wilfred Wong of Wine.com, who lauded its representation of mountain-grown fruit and recommended pairing it with grilled Korean-style short ribs.


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Critical Acclaim

WIL 92
Wilfred Wong
The 2020 Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is authentic with its excellent representation of mountain-grown fruit. TASTING NOTES: This wine offers aromas and flavors of blackberries, dried leaves, and earthy notes. Pair it with grilled Korean-style short ribs. (Tasted: April 19, 2023, San Francisco, CA)

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Winemaker of Ridge Estate Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

Paul Draper

Paul Draper

Paul Draper, the venerable winemaker behind Ridge Vineyards, has spent over five decades crafting some of the most distinguished wines in California. His journey into winemaking began with a calling, sparked by the simple yet profound experience of savoring good wine during his youth. This early fascination eventually led him to explore winemaking in various corners of the world. In 1968, Draper returned to California and found his home at Ridge Vineyards, where he embraced the philosophy of pre-industrial winemaking. Drawing inspiration from the traditional techniques of Europe, he championed the concept of single-vineyard wines, allowing the terroir to speak through the grapes. Draper's commitment to quality and authenticity bore fruit, quite literally, when the 1971 Monte Bello... More Products
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