2012 Ridge Vineyards "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay
The 2012 Chardonnay Estate is utterly impeccable. Lemon, white, flowers, spices, yellow stone fruits, smoke and slate open up nicely in the glass. Readers can look forward to at least a handful of years of fabulous drinking in this resonant, beautifully layered Chardonnay from Ridge. The Estate spent a total of 15 months in American oak, on the longer side by California standards. (Antonio Galloni)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The beautiful, delicate but powerful 2012 Chardonnay Estate Monte Bello Vineyard (100% Chardonnay) achieved 14.5% natural alcohol. It exhibits notes of white currants, quince, pineapple and white peach. Medium to full-bodied with good acidity and freshness, and the oak pushed to the background, this beauty can be enjoyed over the next 5-6 years. (RP)
Rich and well-centered, with ripe apple, melon, cedary oak, spice and anise notes that are very complete and persistent. Drink now.
On the elegant nose of this wine from an historic vineyard, dainty and yet piercing aromas range from brisk chalkiness to crushed spearmint. It’s supple and light on the palate, with very fragrant apples and a yeasty, saison-like finish.
This comes from Ridge's famed estate vineyard, Monte Bello, which boasts fractured limestone soils over decomposing Franciscan green stone mixed with clay and loam. Until 2009 this was bottled simply as Santa Cruz Mountains. It's whole cluster pressed and fermented on native yeasts. Winemaker notes: "Ripe fruit is balanced by naturally high acidity in this appealing wine. it will be at its best over the next five to eight years."