- 94 Punkte VINOUS, Antonio Galloni: "The 2017 Chardonnay Estate is soft, silky and exceptionally polished. White flowers, mint, orchard fruit, lemon confit and white pepper give the 2017 striking aromatic top notes that add nuance to the delicate, beautifully layered fruit. This understated Chardonnay is all class. The Estate represents 85% of Ridge's production in 2017, while the remaining 15% will be bottled as Monte Bello."
- 94 Punkte JEB DUNNUCK: "The 2017 Chardonnay Estate has a Burgundian reductive quality as well as first-rate notes of caramelized orchard fruits, crushed rock, and subtle toasty, nutty notes. Rich, medium to full-bodied, with bright acidity, it has beautiful mid-palate depth, and well as the class and structure to keep for 15+ years. This is beautifully done."
|Jeb Dunnuck:||94 JD|
|Region:||Santa Cruz Mountains|
|% vol Alk:||14,0|
|Notizen des Weinguts:||Winemaker Tasting Notes: Pale gold color. Apricot, citrus, and pear aromas. Appealing tropical fruit on entry, refreshing acidity, and elegant texture. Excellent balance. EB (1/18) Vintage Notes: Winter was long and cold. For a second year, crop size was reduced by spring rain at bloom. Cool weather in August slowed ripening and pushed harvest out to mid-September. Barrel fermented, the wines remained on gross lees for ten months through the end of malolactic. Once assembled, it spent another four months in the cellar to fully clarify. Showing intense mountain fruit and elegance, it is enjoyable now. Growing Season: Rainfall: 21.9 inches (below normal) Bloom: May Weather: A very wet December and January helped ease the drought which emphatically ended in March. Cool weather in April reduced our crop a bit. Harvest started early September and finished quickly. Winemaking: Harvest Dates: 7 – 15 September Grapes: Average Brix 23.7° Fermentation: Grapes are whole-cluster pressed and barrel fermented. Natural primary and natural secondary (malolactic) fermentations. Selection: Nine of the twelve Estate Chardonnay parcels. Barrels: 85% air-dried american oak, 15% french oak; 11% new, 51% one and two years old, 38% three and four years old. Aging: Eleven months in first-fill, another four months extended settling in neutral barrels. Sustainably farmed, hand-harvested estate-grown Monte Bello vineyard grapes; wholecluster pressed; fermented on the native yeasts; full malolactic on the naturally occurring bacteria; oak from barrel aging; minimum effective sulfur for this wine (25 ppm initially to barrels, 45 ppm over the course of aging). In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.|
|Potenziell allergene Substanzen:||Enthält Sulfite. Kann Spuren von Eiweiß, Gelatine und Milch enthalten.|
|Importeur/Inverkehrbringer:||Kössler & Ulbricht GmbH & Co. KG, Nordostpark 78, 90411 Nürnberg|
|Warnungen:||Der Konsum von alkoholhaltigen Getränken während der Schwangerschaft kann selbst in geringen Mengen schwere Konsequenzen für die Gesundheit des Kindes nach sich ziehen.|
|Hersteller:||Ridge Vineyards / Monte Bello, 17100 Montebello Road, Cupertino, CA 95014, USA, www.ridgewines.com|
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