Get the Dirt about Murder Ridge Winery from Steve Alden

14 Apr

murderridgepeeps 1. What was your first vintage year? 2013

2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 53 for 2013, and 260 for 2014.

3. Do you have a Tasting Room? Not at this time.

4. If not you, who is your winemaker? Murder Ridge is owned by Grower: Steve Alden and Winemaker: Leslie Sisneros

5. How did you get your start in the winemaking business? Longtime owner and grower of Perli Vineyards in the Mendocino Ridge AVA and and Leslie Sisneros is a longtime winemaker for many different wineries, with a degree
from Davis.

murderridgevyd6. What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start your own winery? Zinfandel & Pinot Noir

7. What varietals do you work with? We work with Zinfandel and Pinot Noir — favorite variety to make is Pinot Noir. It takes real skill in both the vineyard and winery to make great Pinot.

8. What vineyards do you source from? Perli, our Estate Vineyards. Perli is located in the Mendocino Ridge AVA in the Coastal Wilderness of Mendocino County at high elevation a short distance from the Pacific.

9. What do you love about your winemaking region? Cool coastal, high elevation vineyards — the wines are singular and unique.

murderridgebottle10. What’s the story behind your name/label? The name comes from the land. Murder Ridge, the name of a ridge at Perli Vineyards, comes from a murder that took place between homesteaders in the early 1900’s at that location.

12. Most importantly, what’s so great about being small? What can you do as a small winemaker, that wouldn’t be possible for larger wineries? Being small means you know every vine, every grape cluster that goes into the wine. We do it all, from the ground up. We planted the vines, grow the grapes, ferment into wine age and blend. The wine is truly a piece of us — it’s a personal expression of who we are in a bottle.

13. How do you view the future in the wine industry for small-lot winemakers? Small-lot wineries are the definition of the grow local, eat local movement — the future is bright.

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