Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Ridge Chardonnay and Cabernet
Ridge Estate Vineyards
These two Estate Wines come from the famous Monte Bello Vineyard at Ridge's Santa Cruz Mountains Estate and represent two of the best values in Cabernet and Chardonnay, though the wines aren't inexpensive they deliver way above their price point
2011 Ridge Estate Chardonnay...$43.99
The 2011 Chardonnay Estate is strikingly beautiful. Creamy, layered and impeccably balanced, the 2011 Chardonnay Estate is one of the most gorgeous whites I have ever tasted from Ridge. Hints of lemon, white flowers and crushed rocks are layered into an oily finish supported by beams of minerality. This is a gorgeous wine by any measure. Can the 2011 Chardonnay Montebello be much better than this? We will know the answer next year. Yields were quite a bit lower than normal as the Ridge team was forced to drop quite a bit of fruit to achieve full ripeness and eliminate botrytis in this cool, late-ripening year.
Rated 93+/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinious Media
2011 Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon...$44.99
Ridge's 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is quite laid back in this vintage. Sweet floral notes meld into red stone fruits, pomegranate and cinnamon. In keeping with the style of the year, the 2011 is medium in body, feminine and gracious. Best of all, it will drink well pretty much right out of the gate.
Rated 92/100, Antonio Galloni Vinious Media