2018 Ridge Chardonnay Estate Monte Bello Vineyard

Year: 2018
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 90
Vinous Media: 94
Connoisseurs' Guide: 94
Jeb Dunnuck: 95
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.3%
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"Exotic in style, this offers a ripe, savory aroma, with flavors to match, as well as roasted peach and baked apple elements. Sage cream and buttery hints show on the finish. Drink now through 2024. 2,500 cases made. -KM" (WS)

"The 2018 Chardonnay is classy, translucent and so vivid. Apricot, tangerine oil and light tropical overtones open up first, but the 2018 only starts to show all it has to offer with some aeration. The layers start to fill out, and yet the 2018 never loses its sense of transparency and overall detail. A real sense of phenolic weight gives the wine its distinctive mountain feel." (VM)

"This involving Chardonnay leads with a moderately intense, many-layered nose of apples, citrus, sweet oak and roasted grains and follows with concentrated, youthfully exuberant flavors that go well beyond simple fruit and reflect the far-reaching complexity found in its aromas with an added suggestion of lemon curd and hints of minerals finding their ways into the mix. Despite that fact that there is a good deal going on here, the wine is still very young and it has the structure and energy to impress even more if allowed to rest in the cellar for another three or four years. It is, quite simply, one of the winery's best Chardonnays in years. Reviewed: May 2020" (CG)

"Coming all from the estate Monte Bello Vineyard, the 2018 Chardonnay Estate offers a medium gold hue as well rocking notes of caramelized apples, white flowers, honeysuckle, and crushed rocks. These all carry to a medium-bodied Chardonnay with bright acidity, a focused, chiseled texture, terrific minerality, and just a kiss of background oak. It's going to benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age and have two decades of longevity, if not longer." (JD)

Winery Notes:
Pale sun-bleached straw color. Ripe apple and yellow plum fruit aromas, citrus blossom, and sweet baked dessert. Sensuous entry, showing appealing mountain fruit, elegance, balanced acidity, and a beautiful mineral aftertaste. EB (1/20)