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Staff Pick

Ridge Vineyards Merlot - 2012

Item # 33488 750mL
$51.99/ Single Bottle
$623.88 $561.49/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

The Ridge winery has been making Merlot since the 1970s, and continues to turn out impressive wine from Santa Cruz Mountains. This is a lively full-bodied merlot that ages in oak barrels and comes out rich and complex with lively fruit, coffee and clove notes. If you love Ridge Zinfandels don't miss out on their hidden gem of this superb Merlot.

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Staff Pick Notes

Ridge may be best known as a part of the 3 R's of Zinfandel (the other two being Ravenswood and Rosenblum) or for it's success at the Judgement of Paris with the Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon, but they've also been making Merlot since the 70's and they're doing a pretty damn good job of it. The Ridge Estate Merlot, from the Monte Bello Vineyard, is full bodied with soft tannin. Bright red fruits jump out, chased by subtle hints of spice and a lovely floral undertone. Just a hint of eucalyptus sings through with a touch of ripe blackberry. A wonderful wine to pair with roasted meats and rich sauces.

- TI

About the Producer

Cupertino, California, USA The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor who became a prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. He terraced the slopes and planted vineyards; using native limestone, he constructed the Monte Bello Winery, producing the first vintage under that name in 1892. This unique...

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Astor's Glossary of Terms


California makes more wine than any other state in the United States. Not only does the state grow a variety of noble grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, there are also plantings of lesser-known varieties such as Nebbiolo, Roussanne and Mourvèdre to name just a few.


The next time you hear someone say they never touch Merlot, tell them that it's too bad, because you were just about to open a few bottles of Château Pétrus and Le Pin, and you have no one to share them with. Some wine drinkers are quick to dismiss varieties that become too fashionable, but Merlot is popular for good reason. It has one of the most impressive and distinctive textures of any wine,...

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