The Hidden Ridge Vineyard is located on the Sonoma side of Spring Mountain, west of St. Helena, Napa Valley. The property consists of 163 acres with 50 acres planted to hillside vineyards and a 14 acre irrigation reservoir with a small domestic well. A single family home site is zoned on the property.
Of the 50 acres of vines, there are approximately 46 acres in Cabernet, 1 acre in Petite Verdot and 1 acre in Chardonnay. Two Estate Cabernet Sauvignons are produced from the vineyard, “55% Slope” and “Impassable Mountain Reserve”. A small wine club (175 members) has been established and the wines are marketed through distributors in 28 states.
The property was originally developed by the Lynn Hofacker, initially purchasing the land in 1990 and developing the vineyards over many years. Hofacker was very accomplished in developing vineyards on the extreme slopes of this mountain property but did not dedicate a similar effort to establishing the brand and marketing the wine.
Wine produced from this vineyard has consistently been rated 90+ by industry aficionados Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and Wine Advocate (Robert Parker). In 2014, Wine Spectator rated the 2009 “55% Slope” #32 of the Top 100 Wines of the year. The 2012 “Impassable Mountain Reserve” achieved a 97 score from Robert Parker and in March 2016, received a perfect score of 100 points by Robert Parker.
Recent Parker Scores
2013 Impassible Mountain: 100 Points
“The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Impassible Mountain Reserve sounds relatively intimidating, but if you want a quintessential example of what perfection is in my business taste this wine! Absolutely remarkable in every sense-the incredible pure aromatics of blue, red, and black fruits, the minerality, the volcanic, earthy sweetness that emerges in a subtle fashion, the full bodied opulence, the staggering finish more than a minute, and its unreal concentration certainly make this one of the most compelling and profound Cabernet Sauvignons I have ever tasted, the first perfect wine of 2016. This should be nearly immortal, drinking well young, and for those with patience and wisdom to wait for 25-35 years, a legacy wine in Sonoma.” — Robert Parker
2013 Hidden Ridge Vineyard 55% Slope: 97+ Points
“The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon 55% Slope comes from the Sonoma side of the Mayacamas Mountains. It is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from a vineyard planted at 1700 feet. This is a remarkable wine and reminiscent of the great classics from the golden era of the Mayacamas on the Napa side (such as the 1968, 1970, 1973, and 1974) come to mind when tasting this beauty. It is simply loaded. Dense purple in color, the wine has notes of licorice, creme de cassis, Asian plum sauce, cedar wood and earth. Full-bodied, opulent, and irresistible already, it is capable (because of the impeccable balance and purity) of aging 20-25 or more years. This is a modern-day classic that could compete with the very finest Cabernet-based wines in the world.” — Robert Parker