Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Chardonnay

9.1137 ratings
9.131 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
Cameron Hoppas

Structured with rich apple and pineapple fruit with flinty minerality.

Structured with rich apple and pineapple fruit with flinty minerality.

Oct 18th, 2020
Shawn R

Who knew a Ridge Chardonnay could age so well...2010 shows such great depth and layers...virtual tasting with Ridge, tasted the 2018, 2017 and 2010. This score is for the 2010, one of the best New World Chardonnay’s I have tasted.

Who knew a Ridge Chardonnay could age so well...2010 shows such great depth and layers...virtual tasting with Ridge, tasted the 2018, 2017 and 2010. This score is for the 2010, one of the best New World Chardonnay’s I have tasted.

Jun 8th, 2020
Matt Sterr

White Burgundy quality from California. At a fraction of the cost.

White Burgundy quality from California. At a fraction of the cost.

Apr 5th, 2019
Matt Sterr

Great purity and well integrated oak. Love. Very ageable too, I would presume.

Great purity and well integrated oak. Love. Very ageable too, I would presume.

Mar 4th, 2019
Renato Hoyle

Needs time. 2022?

Needs time. 2022?

Feb 5th, 2019
Austin Beeman

Lush, with a nose of smooth oak. Enough acidity to be pleasant, but enough long creamy oak to appeal to the traditional Chardonnay drinker. Finish is very long. Flavors are mature, seems like an older wine than the vintage would indicate. $70 at winery.

Lush, with a nose of smooth oak. Enough acidity to be pleasant, but enough long creamy oak to appeal to the traditional Chardonnay drinker. Finish is very long. Flavors are mature, seems like an older wine than the vintage would indicate. $70 at winery.

1 person found it helpfulOct 31st, 2015
Geoff Troup

Sales Eder Brothers, Cellar Fine Wines

9.2

Beautiful chardonnay. Meursault like. Grape skin, grape soda, oak on the palate as an aspect not a dominating factor, old world toast. 5 percent new oak, remainder is used oak.

Beautiful chardonnay. Meursault like. Grape skin, grape soda, oak on the palate as an aspect not a dominating factor, old world toast. 5 percent new oak, remainder is used oak.

Jun 9th, 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
Les Huisman

Wow. Just wow.
Absolute Wednesday treat.

Wow. Just wow.
Absolute Wednesday treat.

Sep 7th, 2016
Matt Krueger

Very concentrated with nicely integrated oak. Very stable and lively for 12 years.

Very concentrated with nicely integrated oak. Very stable and lively for 12 years.

Jul 15th, 2016