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2017 Ridge Estate Chardonnay

2017 Ridge Estate Chardonnay

94 Points Jeb Dunnuck
2017 Ridge Estate Chardonnay
94 Points Jeb Dunnuck

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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

Overview

Grape

Chardonnay

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

94/100 Jeb Dunnuck

"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate comes from the Santa Cruz Mountain estate, and it follows its big brother Monte Bello's style with a terrific sense of elegance paired with richness. Lots of creme de cassis, crushed violets, vanilla, tobacco leaf, and cedar notes flow to a medium to full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, layered Cabernet Sauvignon that has terrific purity, building tannin, and a great finish. It offers pleasure today yet won't hit prime time for another 5-7 years, and it's going to evolve for 15-20 years (probably longer)."

92/100 Wine Spectator

"A big, rich and showy white, filled with spicy notes to the ripe apple, pear and wild herb flavors. Minerally and buttery accents emerge on the contoured finish. Drink now through 2024."

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Chardonnay

  • Colour

    White

  • Region

    California

  • Closure

    Cork

  • Volume

    750ml

  • Alcohol

    14.20%

  • Maturity

    2019 - 2026

This Wine Goes Well With

with CHICKEN
with FISH
with SALMON

Taste

4

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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