Cactus Star Vineyard at Scaredy Cat Ranch is located on the western side of the Ramona Valley AVA. The vineyard is approximately 25 miles 'as the crow flies' from the Pacific Ocean. Far enough from the coast to have consistent sunny and warm days for optimal ripening, but yet close enough to get a coastal influence at night and morning. A typical summer day at Scaredy Cat Ranch is foggy in the morning, sunny during the day, and cool at night.

In the beginning...2001

A little later...2005

Grapes in the Vineyard


The great grape of Spain. In Ramona, Tempranillo feels right at home. Tempranillo is a black grape with very thick skins that makes very aromatic, silky red wine. Aromas of mixed berries and firm tannins make for a complex wine capable of aging.

Cabernet Sauvignon

It's Cab. What can be said. King of the vineyard, and most say king of the wine world.

Petit Verdot

It has been said that Petit Verdot is like working with a temperamental actress. With a little convincing it can give a performance for the ages...or not...leaving the winemaker the urge to cut off its water supply and let the gophers have their way. But sanity prevails and the Petit Verdot gets to see another season.

At Scaredy Cat Ranch the Petit Verdot has been excellent to date. Well worth the trouble. We do a very limited 100% bottling, but most of it is used in the Cabernet Sauvignon.


Malbec is the wild card at Scaredy Cat Ranch. It's the squatter which has won squatter's rights. Also, since the vines are close to Ringo, on occasion, much to the dismay of the winemaker, he has a bite or two. Kind of an impromptu pruning or crop thinning. Depending where he takes a bite.

The Malbec is used to blend in with the Cabernet Sauvignon. On its own it makes a wonderful wine with lots of blackberry flavors. However, there isn't enough production to make a straight varietal.