2016 Ridge Chardonnay

2016 Ridge Chardonnay

92 Points Wine Spectator
2016 Ridge Chardonnay
92 Points Wine Spectator

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This comes from Ridge's Monte Bello vineyard, which boasts limestone soils over Franciscan green stone mixed with clay and loam. It is a highly regarded vineyard in the Santa Cruz Vineyard. Until 2009 this was bottled simply as Santa Cruz Mountains. It's whole cluster pressed and fermented on native yeasts. One of California's most highly regarded Chardonnay.

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$84.99 in mixed 6+ or $94.99 per bottle




Its Origins

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, “pre-industrial” 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.

What The Critics Say

92/100 Wine Spectator

"A full-bore style, with rich, smoky aromas and flavours to match, along with pear and apple tart notes. The long finish is filled with plenty of oak accents, that feature some buttery hints. Drink now through 2023."

93/100 Vinous, Antonio Galloni (2015 vintage)

"The 2015 Chardonnay Estate is a pretty powerful wine, especially by Ridge standards. Drought and poor weather during bloom resulted in a loss of 35% of the crop. As for the wine itself, well, it is fabulous. Rich and authoritative, but with good freshness, the 2015 has it all. Lemon confit, white flowers, apricot, mint and a hint of reduction from extended time on lees add nuance throughout. This is a superb showing."

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    2018 - 2025

This Wine Goes Well With

with FISH



Delivery & Returns

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If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.

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