Santa Cruz Mountains
A big wine with a slightly lesser tinge of sweetness than our 68 Crush-3 released much earlier. Like the Crush-3, untypical for a Ridge Chardonnay, but a style that some people liked very much. Preferences should be somewhat similar here. Caution: It must be handled carefully due to sediment thrown during the years in bottle.
Ridge wine is made with an emphasis on quality and naturalness that is rarely attempted. Our grapes are grown in select vineyards (usually identified on the label), where they are left to ripen to peak maturity, often at some loss of quantity. We let the wine settle and age in small barrels, with only rare cellar treatment other than racking. Varieties are not blended unless indicated on the label. Near Black Mountain on Monte Bello Ridge, our main vineyard is 10 miles south of Palo Alto, 15 miles inland from the ocean, and over 2000 feet in elevation.
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