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Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Chardonnay 2012

Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Chardonnay 2012

Mix 12
£122.00
Mix 6
£124.00
Per Bottle
£128.00
Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Chardonnay 2012
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Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Chardonnay 2012 Overview

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In 1886, high in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the first Monte Bello vineyards were planted, and winery construction begun. A first vintage from the young vines followed in 1892. During Prohibition (1920-1933), the vineyard was not fully maintained; some vines survived into the late 30’s, but by the 1940s they were effectively abandoned. Eight acres of cabernet sauvignon were replanted in 1949. These were the source of the first Ridge Monte Bello (1962) and subsequent vintages until 1974 when younger blocks replanted in the 1960’s were considered for inclusion. Since then, the historic vineyards on the ridge have gradually been replanted.

Weather in 2012 Warm weather in late February gave an early start to a long, dry growing season. In barrel, the wines finished malolactic by June, but did not ferment dry until September. We then selected wines from the Lower Stressed and Middle Green parcels, and returned them—with their lees—to four-year-old barrels for an additional seven months. Bottled without filtration, this intense chardonnay reflects its limestone soils, and the vines’ water stress. It will continue to develop over the next twelve to fifteen years.

Technical Information:
Vineyard: Monte Bello
Grape: 100% Chardonnay
Appelation: Santa Cruz Mountains
Alcohol: 14.3 %
Barrels: 90% air-dried american oak and 10% french oak barrels (14% new, 31% one to two years, 55% three and four years old.)
Ageing: Seventeen months in barrel

Tasting Note: Pale, sun-bleached straw. Apricot, pear, pineapple, wet stone, dried fig. Green plum and apricot on entry; citrus blossom, lively acid, oily texture; lingering crushed-rock mineral finish.
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Expert Reviews
94+/100
Jeb Dunnuck
“The 2012 Chardonnay Monte Bello is a beauty. Ripe, concentrated and still fresh, with lots of golden fruits, toasty oak, crème brulee and minerality, it’s medium to full-bodied, concentrated and layered, with a classy, balanced fruit and integrated acidity. Full, complete, concentrated and balanced, it will have a decade or more of longevity. This was a terrific set of wines from Ridge. The 2012 Bordeaux releases all have brilliant purity of fruit, with surprising freshness and focus. They’ll need short term cellaring to be approachable, especially the Monte Bello. The 2013s are similar in style to the 2012s, with tight, fresh profiles and solid tannic grip.”
94+/100
Antonio Galloni
“The 2012 Chardonnay Monte Bello boasts superb textural richness and intensity, but in the classic Ridge style that leans towards finesse rather than opulence. Apricot jam, smoke, slate and orange blossoms take on shades of viscosity in seamless, textured Chardonnay that hits all the right notes. As always, there is a layer of slight reduction running through the wine, so decanting is a must, especially if the wine is opened on the younger side.”
91/100
The Wine Spectator
“A strong toasty oak character takes on a matchstick edge, imparting an edgy, pithy texture, yet this smoothes out, maintaining fruit integrity and density, finishing strong and persistent.”
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