Ridge Vineyards

Estate Monte Bello Vineyard Chardonnay

9.0525 ratings
9.0130 pro ratings
Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Chardonnay
Top Notes For
Severn Goodwin

It was a warm afternoon, finally, today. We're grilling oysters and pairing wines!

Prior notes apply, but now with Flint!

It was a warm afternoon, finally, today. We're grilling oysters and pairing wines!

Prior notes apply, but now with Flint!

Apr 6th, 2019
Renato Hoyle

Just enough richness with balanced acidity

Just enough richness with balanced acidity

Mar 30th, 2019
Meg Herring

Lots of oak and minerals. Not my usual favorite but it’s a well made Chardonnay.

Lots of oak and minerals. Not my usual favorite but it’s a well made Chardonnay.

Nov 21st, 2018
Andrew

Light buttered oak on smell, and similarly so on taste. Hard to get a good sense as it seemed to be conflicting with food I was eating, which is often what I find with oaked white wines. I appreciated it’s lightness and piquant acidity.

Light buttered oak on smell, and similarly so on taste. Hard to get a good sense as it seemed to be conflicting with food I was eating, which is often what I find with oaked white wines. I appreciated it’s lightness and piquant acidity.

Sep 5th, 2018
Paco Suro

Way too rich and oaky for me. But has good structure and balance.

Way too rich and oaky for me. But has good structure and balance.

Jul 1st, 2018
Joseph LaPanna

Pale gold in color with smokey aromas and apple and pear tart on the nose. Medium bodied with medium acidity and tropical fruit up front. Ripe pineapple and a touch of ginger and lemon zest round out the elegant finish.

Pale gold in color with smokey aromas and apple and pear tart on the nose. Medium bodied with medium acidity and tropical fruit up front. Ripe pineapple and a touch of ginger and lemon zest round out the elegant finish.

Jun 13th, 2018
Severn Goodwin

Adding chill now, notes forthcoming...
I'm not a CA Chardonnay guy, but this one has been very Burgundian in style previously.

Nose you had me at flinty mineral and grape seed.

Palate is a little too creamy oak, needs air.

Aired out palate has warm pear/pineapple and a mineral component I cannot quite pin yet, oak is still in the way.

48hr Update: Flinty/Oak bat to the palate, check ☑, has not mellowed at all tonight.

Adding chill now, notes forthcoming...
I'm not a CA Chardonnay guy, but this one has been very Burgundian in style previously.

Nose you had me at flinty mineral and grape seed.

Palate is a little too creamy oak, needs air.

Aired out palate has warm pear/pineapple and a mineral component I cannot quite pin yet, oak is still in the way.

48hr Update: Flinty/Oak bat to the palate, check ☑, has not mellowed at all tonight.

Jun 3rd, 2018
Sipping Fine Wine

History begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor in San Fran’s Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains, planting vineyards and built a winery, 1892 was the first vintage. Straw with ripe fruit nose, fresh and clean. Flavors of apple, apricot and melon with citrus notes and smoky oak. Lingering finish ending with a bit more oak than fruit at start of bottle but calmed down with the last glass.

History begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor in San Fran’s Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains, planting vineyards and built a winery, 1892 was the first vintage. Straw with ripe fruit nose, fresh and clean. Flavors of apple, apricot and melon with citrus notes and smoky oak. Lingering finish ending with a bit more oak than fruit at start of bottle but calmed down with the last glass.

Feb 6th, 2018
Gregory Fulchiero

Opulent ripe fruit, baked apple and pineapple, nice balance of lees and oak.

Opulent ripe fruit, baked apple and pineapple, nice balance of lees and oak.

Feb 5th, 2018
Severn Goodwin

Ridge Vineyards Dinner; 15 December 2017 at Wheatleigh, Lenox, MA

Ridge Vineyards Dinner; 15 December 2017 at Wheatleigh, Lenox, MA

Dec 15th, 2017