Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Chardonnay 2013, Santa Cruz Mountains, USA
PRESS: Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media - 95 Points.
Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate - 95 Points. "A true gem, the 2013 Chardonnay Monte Bello, which was barrel fermented and aged 17 months in mostly American oak, offers sensational notes of white peach, citrus blossom, mint, ginger and baking spices. It’s a big, rich wine, yet it never puts a foot wrong, is impeccably balanced and stays fresh, pure and focused. Drink it anytime over the coming decade or more."
William Kelley, The Wine Advocate - 94 Points.
Wine Spectator - 92 points.
Producer: Ridge Vineyards
Region/Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains
Country Hierarchy: San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California, USA
Grape/Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Food Suggestion: Lobster
Wine Style: White - Buttery and Complex
Alcohol Content: 14.5%
Winemaker's Tasting Notes: Striking pale gold. Fresh apricot and pear, citrus blossom, crème brûlée, dried fig, quince. Sweet-tart entry; grapefruit, wet stone, ginger root. Lively acid, elegant texture, outstandingly long finish.