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Wonderful white from the amazing Ridge Estate. This is drinking perfectly at the moment with a little age to it. It is quite simply stunning.

Santa Cruz Mountains, California
14.5% ABV.
100% Chardonnay


Price includes VAT

Limited Stock. 11 bottles remaining!

Tasting notes:

Winemakers Tasting notes:

Pale golden color. Pineapple fruit, braised pear, and fig aromas, sweet oak, and dried herbs. Tart apple fruit entry, pineapple, citrus, and an elegant texture; long, refreshing firm acid finish.

About the wine:

Winemakers/Label notes.

'2015 Chardonnay, bottled 01/17

Mild winter weather resulted in early bud-break. Sprinrains affected bloom, reducing yileds by one third. A warm, fog free summer reipened the crop for an early September harvest. In barrel, vineyard parcels were kept separate; at the tenth month, we assembled the most elegant lots. This outstanding vintage shows well-defined mountain fruit and firm acidity. It will be most enjoyable over the next eight to ten years. EB. (9/16)

The Ridge Estate Chardonnay spent 11 months ageing in oak barrels (93% American oak, 7% French oak. 8% of the barrels were now, 35% one and two years old and 57% were four and five years old)

After this 11 months ageing the wine spent a further 5 months extended settling in neutral barrels. 

About the producer:

Ridge Vineyards makes wines that compete in terms of quality and desirability with Bordeaux First Growths and Grand Cru White Burgundies.

Winemaker Paul Draper has crafted 43 vintages at Ridge and his practical, hands-off approach to winemaking has resulted in an exceptional and highly sought-after range of wines. Although a vineyard was first planted near the top of Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains in 1885, it lay abandoned until four Stanford Research Institute engineers bought it in 1959.

Ridge Vineyards was formed in 1962 and Paul Draper was appointed as winemaker in 1969. After stunning the world by their triumph in the 1976 Judgement of Paris tasting, Ridge Vineyards shot to fame and gained cult status almost overnight. Since then, Ridge has concentrated on producing fine Bordeaux blends and Chardonnays from Monte Bello's exalted terroir as well as renowned Zinfandels from the Lytton Springs and Geyserville vineyards in Sonoma County.

Ridge's ethos is simple: 100% dedication in the vineyards to grow the most concentrated and flavoursome grapes followed by 100% dedication in the winery with minimum intervention to draw all the fruit's natural richness into the wine. Paul Draper has studiously dedicated himself to employing traditional Old World methods in the creation of his wines, resulting in silky smooth reds with fine tannins and glorious fruit.

The wines are racked and fined but remain unfiltered so as not to lose any character before being matured in new American oak barrels. Ridge Monte Bello, once pure Cabernet, has been a Cabernet-dominated blend since 1975 with varying quantities, depending on the vintage, of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc to add complexity to the final wine. The Monte Bello Chardonnay, arguably California's most respected white wine, is elegantly structured and rivals the finest White Burgundy Grand Crus. Since 1972 Ridge has also specialised in top-quality Zinfandel blends from the Lytton Springs and Geyserville vineyards in Sonoma County and in 1979 the Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet blend joined the range to offer a softer, earlier drinking companion to the famed Monte Bello.

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