Wines : White Wine : California : 2013 Ridge Vineyards, Monte Bello Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains, California

2013 Ridge Vineyards, Monte Bello Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains, California

2013 Ridge Vineyards, Monte Bello Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains, California

Tasting Notes

Jeb Dunnuck 95/100 (Robert Parker)
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.
Review Published Oct 2016

Property Information

Ridge produced its first chardonnay in 1962 from fully-mature vines planted in the late 1940s on the Monte Bello estate vineyard. Production never exceeded ten barrels, and Monte Bello chardonnay was sold principally at the winery. Several great vintages, among them the 1973, ’74, ’79, and ’84, showed that our cool climate and fractured limestone sub-soils were well suited to the varietal. By 1985, the old vines were producing less then a half-ton per acre; the younger ones, planted in the ’70s, provided the majority of grapes. These newer plantings were on the “lower” vineyard not yet farmed as part of the Monte Bello estate so the wine was called “Santa Cruz Mountains.” The vines are long since included in the estate; with this vintage, the name becomes Ridge Estate Chardonnay. In years when differences among lots are sufficient to warrant a separate bottling, we make a limited amount of Monte Bello Chardonnay as well.

1 bottle

£59.99  (£49.99 ex. VAT)
Unit Size: 75cl
Product Code: 01991
In Stock: 1
Quantity:

Occasion: Special occasion
Fine Wine
Dinner Party
Vintage: 2013
Alcohol: 14.5% abv
Country: California
Unit Size: 75cl
Drinking: 2016 - 2025
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