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RIDGE CHARDONNAY “MONTE BELLO” MONTE BELLO WINEYARD SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS 2016
NVWE Notes: This is Monte Bello of a great vintage, with concentrated, energetic fruit of focused beauty and grandeur. The aromas are a firmly structured yet luxurious mix of dried golden fig, white peach, pear and baked spiced-apple, married to elegantly expressive compliments of preserved lemon, orange peel, brioche, nutmeg and chamomile: this whole immersed in a mouth-drenching bath of liquid minerality. The scale is operatic, the texture plush and the finish stony-dry, sharp-edged and lingering. Expect years of improvement for this already wonderful wine.
The 2016 Chardonnay Monte Bello is a powerful wine. Rich, deep and layered, the 2016 offers a striking mélange of varietal fruit and structure. Tangerine, mint, butter and toasty notes all develop in the glass. More than anything, though, the 2017 is a wine of texture and resonance. I loved it. Drink 2021-2031. Antonio Galloni Oct 2019
Powerful and rich-tasting, with well-structured baked pear, apple and white currant flavors, filled with intense smoky and oak accents. Flinty notes emerge on the vibrant finish. Drink now through 2024. 425 cases made. — KM Jun 15, 2019