Ridge Monte Bello Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
Ridge Monte Bello Chardonnay 1997 Front Label

Ridge Monte Bello Chardonnay 1997

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In our cool region - as else where - excellent weather allowed an abundant crop to set. We harvested each parcel separately, selecting seven to be included in this exceptional wine. The grapes were whole-cluster pressed and fermented on the naturally-occurring yeast. A third of the wine was aged in new oak barrels, a third in one year old, and the final third in two and three year old oak cooperage. Aging was extended over fifteen months; natural settling clarified the wine sufficiently to bottle without filtering. Beautifully defined, and showing classic brioche character, this fine chardonnay will develop fully over the next five years.

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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 production facility.

Though Ridge began as a Cabernet winery, by the mid-60s, it had produced several Zinfandels including the Geyserville. In 1972, Lytton Springs joined the line-up and the two came to represent an important part of Ridge production. Known primarily for its red wines, Ridge has also made limited amounts of Chardonnay since 1962.

The Ridge approach is straightforward: find the most intense and flavorful grapes, guide the natural process, draw all the fruit's richness into the wine. Decisions on when to pick, when to press, when to rack, what varietals and what parcels to include and when to bottle, are based on taste. To retain the nuances that increase complexity, Ridge winemakers handle the grapes and wine as gently as possible. There are no recipes, only attention and sensitivity.

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SOU48713_1997 Item# 10803

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