2006 Ridge "Monte Bello" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay
The 2006 Chardonnay Monte Bello possesses striking energy and tension throughout, with finely-cut, chiseled fruit and remarkable freshness for its age. White orchard fruit, flowers, mint and a hint of spice add nuance, but it is the wine's pulsating freshness that really makes an impression in this tasting. Ridge hit it out of the park with the 2006 Monte Bello Chardonnay. As good as the 2006 is, it appears to still need a little more bottle age to be at its peak! (AG)
*Top 100 of 2010, Highly Recommended* There's wonderful perfumed, floral aromas of honeysuckle, lavender, ripe pear and apple in this pure, rich and silky white, which unfolds to reveal layers of fruit and light spicy, toasty oak nuances. Ends with a long, persistent finish that's engagingly complex.
Wine & Spirits
A selection of Chardonnay from the limestone soils of Ridge's vineyards high up Monte Bello Road, this 2006 is complex with layers of flavor—from lemon custard to wheat and chamomile honey. That complexity draws from the soil, enhanced by a long, slow fermentation with resident yeasts and long aging on the lees. Though the alcohol is not shy, this remains cool, sophisticated and reserved. Decant a bottle for lobster salad with apples, or lay it down for ten years.
Lemony gold with a hint of green. Lots of minerals on the nose. Very rich start and then it’s all reined in. So it can be rather like a Grand Cru burgundy on the front palate. Really tangy, superripe melon notes with a hint of milky coffee on the end. Very neat and precise but much broader and bigger than most Chardonnays. Sweet but not heavy. (18/20 points)
Despite a cold and wet spring that delayed the 2006 growing season, the skilled folks at Ridge made a lovely Monte Bello Chardonnay with lovely floral aromas and gorgeous notes of spiced Bartlett pears and Goldrush apples.