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A Word from the Winemaker

(aka The Mad Scientist of Idyllwild)


“Preserving the aromas and flavors of the grapes is what it’s all about.  I always start with really good fruit.  Next is the cooperage – the barrels I use.  I’m very picky about barrels.  I use only French oak and specify the forest from which it comes along with the thickness of the staves, the toast level on the inside of the barrel, and whether or not the heads of the barrels are toasted.  My passion is to make 'fruit forward' wines.  I want my merlot to smell like a merlot.  My zinfandel smells like a zinfandel.  I like hints of oak, but I don’t want them to be so heavy that they mask the smell of the fruit.”

When Chris isn’t making wine or running experiments in the lab, you’ll find him meeting with wine bloggers or sending off samples to wine reviewers and wine competitions. It’s time well spent since his wine has been featured in Wine Enthusiast and Tasting Panel magazines and won numerous awards at international competitions, including Sweepstakes for the best red wine at the Long Beach Grand Cru, a Double-Gold Award at the San Francisco International Wine Competition, and a Platinum Award at the Sommelier Challenge.

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The dark and rich color is the first thing you notice. Off the top you’ll find aromas of Black Current (cassis), Dark Raspberry with hints of Tobacco, Herbs and White Pepper. Your first sip is full of Currents and Black Raspberries with smooth tannins and a very long and fruitful finish.

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SKU: NV Black Mountain 2
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Typical of our Meritage blends, this wine is Merlot-centric.  Lots of aromas, good Bordeaux-style acid structure with tanins that work well with any food.  GOLD MEDAL winner at the 2014 Long Beach Grand Cru & 2014 Sommelier Challenge.

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SKU: 2010 Meritage

This Middle Ridge Signataure Meritage is a wonderfully complex wine. It has luscious dark cherry aromas with a light floral note, and a beautiful finish with lingering tannins.

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SKU: 2012 Meritage
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Coyote Run is a surprisingly different Meritage blend – with Malbec and Petit Verdot complementing a base of Merlot. The Merlot and Malbec make it an “easy drinker” and the Petit Verdot gives the wine a nice, round mouthfeel.

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SKU: 2012 Coyote Run
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This isn't just a good Merlot - it's a great one!  It's elegant and smooth, and richly aromatic.

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SKU: 2009 Res Merlot, PR
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Big and dark and incredibly aromatic, you'd think the person who coined the phrase "The King of Reds" had a glass of this Cabernet in hand!

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SKU: 2009 Res Cab Sauv, PR
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Earthy aromas of herbes de Provence, smoke and boysenberry with smooth, mouth-coating tannins.      

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SKU: 2014 Reserve Syrah, Temecula Valley
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Get your very own Middle Ridge Winery LOGO GLASSES.   These beauties are 100% German Lead-Free crystal that can support up to 15-1/4 ounces and have our logo and formal tag line.
 

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