1981 Monte Bello Chardonnay

1981 Monte Bello Chardonnay

Wine Information

100% Chardonnay




Monte Bello


Santa Cruz Mountains

Alcohol By Volume


Vintage Notes

The four and a half acres of old vines at our lower winery produced an excellent yield in 1981. The wine was barrel fermented on its natural yeasts and, as is typicalin French white Burgundies but rare in California Chardonnays, it completed a full malolactic fermentation. As a young wine it is somewhat austere, but has the richness and complexity to develop with age.


Begun in 1959, Ridge was one of the first of today’s chateau-size California wineries, that is, those that limit production in order to attempt the highest quality. All our wines are aged in small oak cooperage with the majority receiving no cellar treatment other than racking. Located above 2300 feet on Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains, we overlook San Francisco Bay.

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