The Winery - "What altitude tastes
like". At 2,600 feet, Signal Ridge finds its high-flying
vineyards to be all the rage, after 15 years of near obscurity.
Hang out in any good winebar long enough to chat
with the sommelier/wine buyer and you're sure to hear about their
love affair with wines from high altitude
vineyards. Pretty much everyone agrees they can be described
as unique. But some say they're way more than that, that
they're actually superior to the same clonal selections
grown in the same area but from valley floor vineyards.
Why? Because being above the fog bank the
vines get more early sunlight, which means
more photosynthesis, which means better ripeness without high
sugars and without lowering the fruit's natural acidity. Ripe
flavors, moderate alcohol, and good acidity - what's not to
The Wine - From the
estate's four acres of dry-farmed, high-altitude vineyard in the
Mendocino Ridge AVA, this wine brings exotic spices to its aroma -
look for aromas of anise, chocolate powder, pipe tobacco and pepper
that accent the underlying black cherry fruit notes. On the
palate I experience warm glove leather, more of the fresh black
pepper and the tell-tale Zinfandel cassis.
13.8% alcohol, medium bodied, and delicious now
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