June 22, 2019
Greg Sherwood MW, discusses the history of Ridge Chardonnay and looks forward to the release of the 2016 Monte Bello Chardonnay this fall*, calling the 2016 vintage ‘An Iconic Release’ among stand-out Monte Bello Chardonnay vintages dating back to 1973:
“Deadly serious expression of Chardonnay from this famed vineyard. Nose is ultra complex and mineral with smokey yellow citrus fruits, hints of struck match reduction and a alluring yellow grapefruit and pear purée note. The palate shows such wonderful balance and harmony, piercing white citrus pastille fruit intensity, crushed limestone minerality and pithy lemon grass spice leading to the most memorable, seductive fresh finish punctuated with delicious saline nuances. Another profound Burgundian Chardonnay expression from Ridge Vineyards that is unquestionably a drop dead gorgeous wine to rival any Grand Cru white from the Cote d’Or.” 96+ Points
*The 2016 vintage of Monte Bello Chardonnay will be released to Ridge members during the Monte Bello pre-release period in August, 2019.