Remember that famous closing scene in "Jerry Maguire," when Renee Zellwegger tells Tom Cruise, after his long and winding confession: "You had me at hello"?

Our had-me-at-hello with Ridge Vineyards came at a tasting, many years ago. The clinching phrase: "minimal intervention."

'Nuff said. Truly. 

With those two words, we were able to call forth an entire philosophy in the vineyard and in the cellar. And sure enough, Ridge, maker of one of the most esteemed Cabernet Sauvignons in the world, the Ridge Monte Bello, is as conscientious (and eco-conscientious) as they come. All grapes at this estate, high in the Santa Cruz Mountains, are organic and estate-grown; they're all hand-harvested; only native yeasts are used in fermentation; and pump-overs are limited to once daily.

It shows in the glass. Not only are these wines of "remarkable balance," in the words of Sonoma Magazine, with "not an alcoholic fruit bomb" in the portfolio. They also possess extraordinary character, proudly shunning the cliches of so much internationally-marketed wine in their determination to taste like nothing so much as themselves. 

We were so excited for you to see for yourself that we secured allocations of three from their current portfolio: the 94-point Lytton Estate Petite Sirah 2019, and two Zinfandels — the Pagani Ranch Zinfandel 2020 and the Lytton Springs Zinfandel 2020

Not only do we expect them all to age wonderfully, but they're terrific values, too, with the Petite Sirah coming in at a best price of under $50 a bottle, while the two Zinfandels are just over $40 a bottle.

Owen Bargreen, who last year joined the team at Vinous, crafted a love letter to the Lytton Estate Petite Sirah: "a gorgeous effort," he wrote, in his 94-point review, noting the "layers of toasty oak with ripe blueberries and dark cherry cordial ... [and] minerality [that] holds in place a massive core of black and blue fruits with espresso grounds and dark chocolate shavings. Delicious now, enjoy this beauty over the next fifteen years.”

If you've grown skeptical of Zinfandel, these will restore your faith in a hurry. They redeem the name of an unquestionably great grape. The Pagani Ranch is made from 100-year-old vines, and you can taste it from the get-go. Zinfandel is primary in the blend, coming in at 90%, but the small presence of Petite Sirah and Alicante Bouschet does important work, complexifying the mix as well as providing a wonderful softness and depth. The Lytton Springs Zinfandel, likewise, shows none of the inky heaviness of the grape at its worst; this is a Zinfandel of no small size, but it also speaks with marvelous balance and control.

Folks, these are wines to pounce on — old-school reds of great depth and versatility, perfect for pairing or just sipping slowly over the hours with friends. And you can't beat the prices. But hurry; quantities are limited!


*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Winter 2022 (Dec.21st - Mar.20th, 2023). With the supply chain issues that we are seeing globally, there may be some unforeseen delays which could affect the ETA. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in AZ, MI, NV, NY, TN, WA, WI. Some wines may not be available in all store locations in each state. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Thursday, September 22, 2022.

*Due to limited storage space for pre-ordered product, we can only hold orders for 30 days from the first notification that your order is ready for pickup. 

If you are unable to pick up your order within 30 days, please contact Concierge Sales at (855) 841-2752 or conciergesales@totalwine.com to make an arrangement.

A store associate may reach out periodically to notify you of your order. Unfortunately, if no arrangements have been made, after 30 days, the order will need to be cancelled and we will provide a full refund.  No orders will be cancelled without multiple communication attempts.