Lytton Springs, Ridge Vineyards, Sonoma County, USA 2016
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Highly reputed estate – Zinfandel specialists
Ridge Vineyards was initially established in 1885 by an Italian doctor named Osea Perrone, who christened it the Monte Bello Winery. After decades of production, the vineyard fell into disuse, before being re-invigorated by a consortium of Stanford University graduates in the late 1950s. One of the members of that group was Paul Draper, a philosophy graduate, who is now CEO and head winemaker on the estate. After leaving university, Paul lived in northern Italy and travelled extensively in Paris, gathering the sufficient practical experience needed to head up a winery of such repute as the Ridge.
Paul is renowned for his skill in crafting the Zinfandel grape variety into long-lived, complex wines, as well as his production of fantastic Cabernets and Chardonnays.