Different winemakers have different specializations; components of the winemaking process in which they take special interest. The rise of contracting allows winemakers to further develop their specialties, for large wineries call these specialists in to focus on specific needs as they arise. Ronald Adams's specialty was wine caves; as an independent contractor, he built over thirty caves in Napa and the surrounding valleys. Properly constructed caves allow for optimal climate control during barrel aging and bottle aging, allowing high-quality grapes to realize their full potential.
Starting his own boutique vineyard allowed Adams the opportunity to engage in other elements of the winemaking process, while still using his expertise in developing caves. Once he built his own cave, he was ready to start obtaining fruit from the top growers in Stag's Leap District and Rutherford Bench.
The Adams Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 is aged in the cave for twenty months, followed by bottle aging for another year prior to release. This lengthy aging process takes full advantage of Adams' cave building skills.
The wine is garnet in color with bright floral and black fruit aromas. Flavors of richly layered black fruits shine through, and the wine finishes with silky tannins and long, lingering flavors.
Try this wine with braised short ribs.