2018 Ridge "Estate" Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains
Ridge is unquestionably one of the greatest wine producers in America. In the famed Judgement of Paris in 1976, Ridge "Monte Bello" Cabernet Sauvignon Placed second amongst the American entries and fifth overall. However, in 2006 to mark the 30 anniversary of the tasting, the wines were reevaluated, and this time the 1971 Ridge came out on top.
The "Estate" Chardonnay comes from all Monte Bello fruit that had been planted along with the Cabernet. It shows a refreshing balance of crisp tropical fruit with rich texture, with a slight reductive characteristic.