Santa Cruz Mountains
Though Ridge is primarily known for its red wines, we have made a very limited quantity of Monte Bello Chardonnay since 1962. The fine 1985 vintage produced the intensity typical of our cool area. The wine was barrel-fermented, racked only once during aging then lightly fined and bottled. This complex Chardonnay can be enjoyed while young, but will develop more fully with two or three years of age.
Founded in 1959, Ridge was one of the first of today’s small, fine California wineries- limiting production to achieve the highest quality. From the beginning, close adherence to traditional winemaking techniques has set Ridge apart. This approach determines our style and includes the use of natural yeasts in extended, submerged-cap fermentations, aging in small oak cooperage, and careful racking at every transfer to achieve clarity. Located above 2300 feet on Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains, our winery overlooks San Francisco Bay.
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