A Chard I would mistake for Corton Charlemagne, so steeped in limestone hills. I thought MB was all about the CB but this Chardonnay was the star of the tasting we did at winery, on a beautiful winter day in which you could see San Fran clearly from top MonteBello road. Jorge, Aline, Claire and Cesar Crusius participated in tasting led by Franco-American sommelier Michel. There was great olive oil as well. The Chard was precise, matching an unctuous texture and gold hew and ripe fruit (pineapple, apples, melon, coconut - was that bit oak?) with vibrant and lively acidity and minerality. This is what we are hunting for on wine trips. Every so often, we find it...
Opened at Boulder for Kay's birthday dinner. White fruits and a bit of orange spice, with a fairly noticeable hit of oak. I think there is some room for improvement here and will allow these to sleep for years.
Ridge tasting + dinner at Yew Restaurant. 10 wines, 5 flights. Only kept notes for the 1st flight (whites) as they were the most memorable. Concentrated, ripe, toasty oak, minerals, fruits, lively acidity, med to full body, long mineral finish - very burgundy like. To be pair with Estate Chardonnay is just cruel. Great wine. But at $70 its probably got some competition so probably deal breaker for me. Awesome to drink, but unlikely to buy.
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