2012 Ridge Chardonnay Estate

Year: 2012
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 91
California Grapevine: 91
Antonio Galloni: 92
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"Rich and well-centered, with ripe apple, melon, cedary oak, spice and anise notes that are very complete and persistent. Drink now.—J.L." (WS)

"1. 2012 Ridge, “Estate, Monte Bello Vineyard,” Santa Cruz Mountains ($50) – Medium-light golden yellow color; attractive, fragrant, moderately intense, baked apple and stone fruit aroma with tropical and mineral notes and a hint of vanilla; medium to medium-full body; fleshy, apple and white peach flavors with good balance and a pleasing mouthfeel; lingering aftertaste. V ery highly recommended. 14.5% alcohol; 3,400 cases; 100% Chardonnay; 100% barrel fermented (BF); 100% malolactic fermentation (ML); released April 2014. (Group Score: 16.4 of 20 points, 2 of 12 first-place votes/3 seconds/1 third; My Score: 17 [91 of 100 points] second place)" (CGV)

"The 2012 Chardonnay Estate is utterly impeccable. Lemon, white, flowers, spices, yellow stone fruits, smoke and slate open up nicely in the glass. Readers can look forward to at least a handful of years of fabulous drinking in this resonant, beautifully layered Chardonnay from Ridge. The Estate spent a total of 15 months in American oak, on the longer side by California standards." (AG)

Winery Notes:
All estate-grown Monte Bello vineyard grapes, hand harvested. Whole-cluster pressed. Fermented on the native yeasts, followed by full malolactic on the naturally occurring bacteria. Minimum effective sulfur for this wine (28 ppm initially to barrels, 76ppm over the course of aging). Pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.

Winemaker Tasting Notes:
Tropical notes of ripe pineapple, fig, and honeysuckle on the nose. A rich, oily texture on the palate with strong flavors of apple and pear. Full-bodied with crisp acidity and an intense finish.