Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Vineyard Chardonnay 2003

Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, California

Item No. 88498
  • white wine
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2009
  • W&S92
  • 1998
  • W&S94
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Winemaker's Notes

In 1949 William Short, retired theologian and then-owner of the Ridge "middle" vineyard (2100'- 2400'), planted several acres of chardonnay; these vines provided the 1962 Monte Bello for the Ridge partners' first vintage. During the next twenty-three years small amounts of chardonnay were produced each year under the Monte Bello name.

A classic Monte Bello, it has the firm acid and intense, complex fruit of the cool Santa Cruz Mountains region. It will continue to develop beautifully through the decade.

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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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Learn About Santa Cruz Mountains

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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