Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Vineyard Chardonnay 2007

Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, California

Item No. 109795
  • white wine
  • collectible wine
  • RP92
  • ST92
  • WS91
Style: Rich & Creamy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.6%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2009
  • W&S92
  • 1998
  • W&S94

Winemaker's Notes

Intense medley of pear, apple, fig, pineapple. Citrus blossom, crème brulée, crushed rock/mineral, lemon zest. Rich, oily texture. Deep flavors. Firm acidity balanced by sweet fruit.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2007 Chardonnay Monte Bello (100% Chardonnay, 14.4% alcohol) has a floral nose of white flowers, honeyed citrus, subdued, almost indistinguishable oak, but complex aromatics. Medium to full-bodied and bottled unfiltered, this is one of the more impressive Ridge Chardonnays I have tasted. The oak has been pushed to the background, and the floral, honeyed citrus fruit notes dominate. The wine is beautifully textured and capable of lasting up to a decade or more. "
92 Points

"Light, bright gold. Pungent aromas of melon, tangerine, lemon pith and vanilla, with mounting spiciness and a touch of anise. Spicy and tight on entry, quickly gaining flesh with air and offering sweeter pineapple and honeydew flavors that are given depth by a creamy vanilla quality. Here's a rare example of chardonnay and American oak getting along. Finishes smooth and sweet, with echoes of spices and candied orange."
92 Points

"Shows more oak than this wine typically does at this stage. Aromas of fresh-cut flowers, white peach, vanilla, butterscotch and honey lead to pure, complex flavors of honeysuckle, ending on a delicate note. Drink now through 2017."
91 Points

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Ridge's history begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor and prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He planted vineyards and constructed a winery of redwood and native limestone in time to produce the first vintage of Monte Bello in 1892. The historic building now serves as the Ridge...

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The Santa Cruz Mountain appellation encompasses the land between Half Moon Bay in the north and Mount Madonna (just near Monterey) in the south. Producing wine since the early 1800's, some of these wineries have been around for quite some time, mingling their vineyard lands with the sprawling redwood forests. Notable Facts Even though the climate can be challenging, and only 1500...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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