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The challenge of Cabernet on the Ridge is to get it ripe. There are years when we sell the wine off in bulk. But when it does mature it is glorious, flush with vine-ripened blackberry and black current, herbal green olive and tobacco, incisive cedar and menthol, and an elegant suppleness that dazzles. As Ray Charles used to say, "Uh huh!"


2002 Cabernet Sauvignon

Mendocino Ridge

Estate bottled

24% Merlot

.62 T.A., 3.58 pH

13.8% alcohol

100% French oak

Barrel aged 20 months

Suggested cellaring: 5-20 years

Bottled March 29, 2005

Released October 2006

150 cases produced



Bronze, Mendocino County Fair