2010 Ridge Chardonnay Estate

Year: 2010
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 93
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.4%
Price :
$49.95
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"Pure and rich, with tiers of white peach, nectarine, honeydew melon and ripe pear. Most intriguing on the finish, where the flavors linger and gain. Drink now through 2028.— J.L" (WS)

"The 2010 Chardonnay Montebello Estate Vineyard wraps around the palate with layers of deep, expressive fruit. It shows lovely depth in an understated style. There is a level of textural depth and creaminess that isn’t found in the straight Estate bottling, but the 2010 never strays from the classic, restrained Ridge style. This is gorgeous. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020.

Indiana Jones and I have one thing in common – a fear of snakes. That is why every time I see the sign in the Ridge parking lot that reads “Beware of rattlesnakes,” I get a little uneasy. So it’s quickly into the tasting room for me. Winemaker Eric Baugher and his team have prepared a great tasting covering all of the Ridge classics, plus a few smaller-production bottlings I am tasting for the first time. This is a sublime set of new releases from one of this country’s greatest heritage wineries. It’s hard to know where to start, but the highlights are the 2009 Monte Bello, followed by the 2010, which will be released this year, plus some of the Zinfandels and Zinfandel-based wines. The 2010 harvest was not an easy one. The summer was very cold, as it was throughout California. Ridge was severely affected by August heat spikes that were crippling for Zinfandel. The wines that were bottled are the result of a severe selection of the best fruit that survived the heat." (WA)

"($60) Light yellow-gold. Intense, mineral-laced citrus and pit fruit aromas are complicated by notes of anise, chamomile and iodine. Rich yet lively on the palate, offering concentrated Meyer lemon and nectarine flavors and notes of smoky minerals and honeysuckle. The mineral quality carries through the finish, which shows excellent clarity and persistence. This chardonnay should age slowly and gracefully." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
A late start and cool summer delayed ripening. The grapes were whole-cluster pressed, and the juice put to barrel in the cold lower cellar. As natural primary fermentations finished and malo- lactic began, the barrels were stirred every two weeks. In August, three parcels were combined —sixty percent from the steep terraces of Middle Block (1850’), thirty percent from Upper Block (2028’), and ten percent from Two Acre (1400’). This elegant chardonnay will continue to develop over the next ten years. EB (1/12)