2014 Brick House "Estate" Ribbon Ridge Chardonnay

SKU #1289317 90 points James Suckling

 Attractive aromas of lemon cream and apples follow through to a medium body, a tight palate and a crisp finish. Drink now. Biodynamic grapes.  (11/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Chardonnay Ribbon Ridge went through full malolactic. It has a clean and precise bouquet with impressive minerals, especially when you look at the price. (A bargain!) The palate is nicely balanced with a slightly waxy texture, notes of lime, freshly sliced pear and a touch of kiwi fruit. Proper length here, nicely posed and refreshing, this comes highly recommended. To repeat, this is a bargain for the price. (NM) I tasted most of Doug Tunnel's recent releases in January during my tasting in London. So when I dropped by, Doug poured the outstanding recent bottlings that I did not taste alongside some intriguing mature bottles. I will leave the notes to speak for themselves - these are very refined and natural wines with minimal intervention, not surfeit with fruit, but surfeit with personality, freshness and nuance...Brick House comes recommended, but hey, I've said that before.  (6/2016)

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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M√Ęcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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Oregon

- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
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