Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Chardonnay

9.13 ratings
9.11 pro ratings
Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
Top Notes For
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
Steve Parker

Beautiful LONG finish on this creamy Chardonnay. Finished it off with an all Bruschetta dinner.

Beautiful LONG finish on this creamy Chardonnay. Finished it off with an all Bruschetta dinner.

1 person found it helpfulDec 14th, 2019
Renato Hoyle

Menthol, big , bold , long

Menthol, big , bold , long

1 person found it helpfulMay 18th, 2019
Elizabeth Rice

Ridge is just always a good choice. So excited to see their Chardonnay is a half bottle too! First thought when tasting was pork rinds which oddly worked against the rich fruits and cream.

Ridge is just always a good choice. So excited to see their Chardonnay is a half bottle too! First thought when tasting was pork rinds which oddly worked against the rich fruits and cream.

Apr 19th, 2017
Geoff Troup

Sales Eder Brothers, Cellar Fine Wines

9.6

This was so incredible. Burnt popcorn and tobacco. Rubber tire like Alsace. Such an interesting and unmistakably distinct flavor profile. Can't wait to check this out in a few years.

This was so incredible. Burnt popcorn and tobacco. Rubber tire like Alsace. Such an interesting and unmistakably distinct flavor profile. Can't wait to check this out in a few years.

Sep 14th, 2016
Meghan Hamilton

Wine Educator Joseph Phelps Vineyards

8.8

Crazy interesting, but not ready to drink yet. Fresh popped popcorn, green apple, wet stone, flint. Super soft acidity and toasty finish.

Crazy interesting, but not ready to drink yet. Fresh popped popcorn, green apple, wet stone, flint. Super soft acidity and toasty finish.

Jul 25th, 2016
Matt Krueger

Big and boisterous but will settle down soon

Big and boisterous but will settle down soon

Jul 15th, 2016
Lee Lightfoot

Almond and lemon curd. Flashy and rich.

Almond and lemon curd. Flashy and rich.

Jun 4th, 2016
Stacy Markow

The American oak really comes through aromatically. More than I would like it to. Lemon curd, coconut, and some tropical fruits with lime. Finish is creamy and slightly woody. For the style it was fine, but from an iconic winemaker like this I think I expected better oak integration and more finesse

The American oak really comes through aromatically. More than I would like it to. Lemon curd, coconut, and some tropical fruits with lime. Finish is creamy and slightly woody. For the style it was fine, but from an iconic winemaker like this I think I expected better oak integration and more finesse

May 16th, 2016
Renato Hoyle

Long, nectarine

Long, nectarine

Apr 2nd, 2016