Wine Advocate 94
"The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon 55 Degrees Slope exhibits an opaque ruby/purple color as well as beautiful, sweet crème de cassis, Asian plum sauce, licorice and forest floor notes. Full-bodied with velvety tannins, and impressive concentration, texture and length, this superb Cabernet can be drunk early in life because of its velvety opulence or cellared for two decades."-RP
Wine Spectator 91
"Sleek, with a firm, rich core of dark berry, mocha, black licorice, cedary oak and loamy earth flavors. Ends with taut, gripping tannins and good length. Drink now through 2026. "-WS
"Ripe black fruit aromas pour from the glass followed by notes of spice, cocoa, black tea and hibiscus. The full bodied palate is dense with the flavors of milk chocolate, blackberry and caramel, carried on smooth tannins and supple texture. The flavors of tea, chocolate and cherry carry through on the long finish."-Winemakers Notes
Hidden Ridge VineyardView all from Hidden Ridge Vineyard
Hidden Ridge Vineyard lies between Mount Hood and Diamond Mountain in the Mayacamas mountain range near Pride Mountain Winery and Paloma Vineyards. Elevations range from 900' – 1700'. Surrounding mountain peaks rise to 2400' and shelter the 55 acre vineyard giving rise to its name – Hidden Ridge.
The area has been faulted and uplifted over geologic time. Large smooth river rocks can be found high on the mountaintop. Three distinct areas: the ancient slide, the uplifted river bed and a volcanic cinder cone provide distinct growing conditions. Deep volcanic basalt and sandy clay loam soils support the 4 clones of cabernet sauvignon: 4, 337, 7 and 169.
Because vines grow best on land that is naturally wooded, we planted the vineyard in areas where small oaks, manzanitas, madrone and bay trees had grown. Over 2/3 of the 160 acres remains undisturbed and is home for many species of plants and wildlife.
Of the 18 different blocks, many are terraced with vines growing on the inside and outside of the terrace rows. Some blocks run up and down the hills. The modified VSP trellising system allows for some afternoon shading during the warm days. Late afternoon cool coastal winds bring fog into the valleys lowering the evening temperature. The ridge tops of the vineyard remain above the fog line. All together conditions for winegrowing are as good as they get.