Russian Ridge Winery is family owned producing less than 1,000 cases of wine annually. They are located at 919 Washington St. San Carlos. Not your typical urban winery. Their fruit comes from single vineyards around northern California from areas like Paso Robles, Santa Cruz Mountains and even portions of southern Santa Clara County. Most of their wines are done in small lots from 40 to 200 cases. Scott Townsend owner and winemaker, embraces a California winemaker Shawna’s saying “that grapes care where they are grown, not where they are fermented into wine”. Today his son Spencer is the winemaker.
2017 Russian Ridge Winery Cabernet Franc, Santa Cruz Mountains
Having tasted his Concerto blend using Cabernet Franc, figured it would be an enjoyable wine. First on the eyes, a deep red coloring with earthy brown hues. On the nose, aromas of cherry and black fruits, like blackberry were prominent. On the palate, some unique flavors of black tea, bramble brush, and dark fruits. The acidity and tannins were extremely tame on the finish with no sharp edges. The lingering flavor profile of natural oak and an earthy quality on a smooth and mid-lasting finish made this a wonderful sipping wine.
The wine was aged nineteen months in new 100% air dried American oak. This wine is 14.4% alcohol and comes from the Monte Bello vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Scott did not enter the National Cabernet Franc Wine Competition this year, but with this solid wine, I fully expect him to enter for 2021.
A footnote: The city of San Carlos and Russian Ridge Winery has a list of urban wineries springing up locally. Worth checking out if they are all as high quality as Russian Ridge Winery!