Santa Cruz Mountains
We have made chardonnay from Monte Bello Ridge since 1962. The several plantings are located between 1400 to 2000 feet. In 1989, the modest crop on these well-drained, hillside vineyards was harvested before the heavy rains in September. Barrel fermented, and held on its lees for nine months, this complex, cool-region wine shows a fine balance of varietal fruit and oak. It is enjoyable now, and will develop further depth with two or three years of bottle 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 yeast submerged-cap fermentations, aging in small oak cooperage, and careful racking at each transfer to achieve clarity. Located above 2300 feet on Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains, our winery overlooks San Francisco Bay