Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Chardonnay

9.135 ratings
9.34 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
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
MICHAEL COOPER DipWSET

Owner TomeVinos wine shops, WSET Level 3, Blogger www.spanishwinesandmore.com, blog.tomevinos.com

9.1

Clear and bright medium lemon
pronounced developing aromas of vanilla, walnut ripe pineapple, lemons, cream and tertiary aroma of cauliflower??
In mouth dry, creamy, medium plus acidity, high alcohol 14%! for a white!
Full body, rich mouthfeel, long finish
excellent with the exception of the alcohol, for me a little high

Clear and bright medium lemon
pronounced developing aromas of vanilla, walnut ripe pineapple, lemons, cream and tertiary aroma of cauliflower??
In mouth dry, creamy, medium plus acidity, high alcohol 14%! for a white!
Full body, rich mouthfeel, long finish
excellent with the exception of the alcohol, for me a little high

May 21st, 2015
Kimberly Anderson

Really nice chard- lovely with king crab legs.

Really nice chard- lovely with king crab legs.

Sep 10th, 2018
Carsten Rudolph

Nice wine - tropisk fruits/mango

Nice wine - tropisk fruits/mango

Dec 4th, 2016
Ben Jones

Big, bright, acidic but with a hefty finish with noticeable oak.

Big, bright, acidic but with a hefty finish with noticeable oak.

Nov 11th, 2016
Matt Perlman

Rich but not heavy, full spectrum of tropical, orchard and citrus fruits with some minerality.

Rich but not heavy, full spectrum of tropical, orchard and citrus fruits with some minerality.

Jul 19th, 2016
Natalie Griffin

Good crisp acid. Not buttery. A little petrol aroma finish. 10% French, 90% American oak.

Good crisp acid. Not buttery. A little petrol aroma finish. 10% French, 90% American oak.

May 9th, 2016
Liz Ambrosia

Great toasted sesame nose, loved it.

Great toasted sesame nose, loved it.

Apr 7th, 2016