Ridge Vineyards Santa Cruz Chardonnay 2008

Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, California

Item No. 111265
  • white wine
  • WS92
  • RP90
  • ST90
Style: Fruity & Smooth

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.

Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

Pale, translucent golden hue. Fresh-sliced pear, green apple; orange blossom, apricot, wet stone/mineral. Lively acid balances rich tropical fruit in a long finish.

Critical Acclaim

"Fresh and snappy, with ripe, firm, vibrant, full-bodied citrus, green apple, spice and honeysuckle flavors that turn delicate and elegant. 2,000 cases made."
92 Points

"The 2008 Chardonnay from Ridge exhibits subtle oak as well as plenty of fresh white currants, pear, and nectarine in a restrained, yet full-bodied, authoritative style. Bottled unfiltered, the wine has good acidity, a hint of minerality, and a crisp finish. It is a big wine, but very well-balanced, and the overall impression is one of restraint and equilibrium. Drink it over the next 2-5 years. "
90 Points

"Light bright yellow. Lively aromas of lemon, lime zest and green apple, with complicating notes of oak spice and sweet butter. Fleshy but taut, with bright citrus flavors that give way to deeper apple and pear in the mid-palate. The finish repeats the spice and orange notes and lingers with very good, nervy persistence. This is complex enough to drink now but is balanced to age."
90 Points

Learn About Ridge Vineyards Map ItMap It

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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