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Ridge Monte Bello Vineyard Chardonnay 2006

Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
  • WS 95
  • W&S 91
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Winemaker Notes

#21 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010

Light in color. Ripe pear and apple fruit, citrus blossom, licorice, brioche/sweet oak. Well-defined, concentrated palate; elegant texture. Fresh and lively.

Critical Acclaim

WS 95
Wine Spectator

There's wonderful perfumed, floral aromas of honeysuckle, lavender, ripe pear and apple in this pure, rich and silky white, which unfolds to reveal layers of fruit and light spicy, toasty oak nuances. Ends with a long, persistent finish that’s engagingly complex. Drink now through 2016.

W&S 91
Wine & Spirits

A selection of chardonnay from the limestone soils of Ridge's vineyards high up Monte Bello Road, this 2006 is complex with layers of flavor—from lemon custard to wheat and chamomile honey. That complexity draws from the soil, enhanced by a long, slow fermentation with resident yeasts and long aging on the lees. Though the alcohol is not shy, this remains cool, sophisticated and reserved. Decant a bottle for lobster salad with apples, or lay it down for ten years

Ridge, , California
Ridge's history begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor and prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He planted vineyards and constructed a winery of redwood and native limestone in time to produce the first vintage of Monte Bello in 1892. The historic building now serves as the Ridge production facility.

Though Ridge began as a Cabernet winery, by... View More