Ridge Estate Chardonnay (750ml)
The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor who became a prominent member of San Francisco’s Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. He terraced the slopes and planted vineyards; using native limestone, he constructed the Monte Bello Winery, producing the first vintage under that name in 1892. This unique cellar, built into the mountain side on three levels, is Ridge’s production facility. At 2600′, it is surrounded by the “upper vineyard.”
The specially selected estate grapes are whole cluster pressed and barrel fermented and undergo natural primary and malo lactic fermentation. The barrels are a combination of air dried American wood, some French oak of various ages and toasts.
The wine ages for 11 months in first fill barrels, then another five in neutral wood. Notes of pear, pineapple, lemon/lime zest, apricot, fig, anise and flint all come together to create a very intricate bouquet. The palate is elegant with an oily texture yet a firm acidity in the refreshing finish.
Minerally and intense, with plenty of buttery notes. This well spiced version pivots around a core of baked apple and pear tart flavors. Fresh and juicy mid-palate, featuring a finish loaded with dried fig accents. Drink now through 2022.