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.

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Hidden Ridge '55% Slope' Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
94  Wine Advocate 
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

Hidden Ridge Impassable Mt. Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
97  Wine Advocate 
The Wine Advocate 97 “The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Impassable Mountain Reserve...can easily compete with the finest of Napa. Aromas of pen ink, graphite, black plums, cassis and primordial foresty notes are followed by a full?bodied, opulent, multilayered, skyscraper?like, stunning Cabernet

Hidden Ridge '55% Slope' Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90"A successful 2011, rich and layered, with mocha, dried dark berry, licorice and wild berry notes, gaining depth and persistence, with juicy acidity and firm, gritty tannins. The final impression is that of a pleasantly rustic Cabernet. Drink now through 2026. 145 cases made."–JL

Hidden Ridge '55% Slope' Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
94  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 94+ "The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon 55% Slope (14.9% alcohol) displays notes of licorice, camphor, charcoal, truffles, graphite and cassis. Rich, full-bodied, deeper, longer and more intense than the 2008, this stunning 2009 is one of the finest Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignons ever

Hidden Ridge '55% Slope' Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
92  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 92 "Rich, intense and well-centered, with vibrant blackberry, cedar, crushed rock and tobacco leaf flavors, ending with ripe, chewy tannins and good length. Drink now through 2020. 4,287 cases made."~JL  Wine Enthusiast 91 "At almost five years of age, this Cab still tastes young

Hidden Ridge '55% Slope' Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
94  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 94  Editor's Choice "The vineyard is severely vintage-dependent, with some years much better than others, but the superbly generous 2007 harvest has resulted in this delicious mountain wine. Its perfectly ripe, offering an array of blackberries, cherries and currants wrapped into