Popped and drank over the next five hours. Yellow golden color. Not much on the nose. Flavors of yellow apples, oak and vanilla. Not overly acidic, which I very much appreciated. Would buy again if it were cheaper.
Some lemon, honey, oak on the nose. Medium to medium plus in body. Only mildly acidic on entry and into the palate, somewhat diluted fruit, a little overshadowed by the oak. Some heat mingles with the acidity on its medium finish. Pretty good quality overall but some strikes against it.
Med yellow. Nutty, lemon, warm bread but overall muted. A little more expressive on the palate but overall this is dominated by fermentation and barrel flavours. Good and well balanced for drinking for some time. I would be tempted to leave it for several years but experience would suggest not too long.
Nose of oak with taste of cedar and orange, with crisp acidity. Pale yellow. All in all, I expected a lot more. I have loved Ridge chardonnays in the past, along with other chardonnays from the Santa Cruz Mountains made by Varner, Mt. Eden, and Lucia. Maybe it was the vintage, but this wine seemed hollow - too much oak and not enough fruit. 14.3% alcohol.
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