Santa Cruz Mountains
75 Chardonnay, Monte Bello, bottled April1977. Despite the cool year, our few acres of old Chardonnay vines reached full maturity. The wine is quite full and the acidity is firm. Its character is not yet as well defined as the 1974 was at this stage and it should be given at least a year of bottle age and if possible, considerably more.
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.
Average Rating: 89
No. of Tasting Notes: 1
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