Light medium yellow; expressive nose with lots of flavours, little petrol, some butter; very nice rounded and rich attack, lots of taste; the aftertaste goes on and on and on, very deep and intense; really really good, my kind of wine
Very reliable. My 5th bottle of 12. Medium yellow color. Moderate oak on the nose along with citrus, stones and pear. Medium weight in the mouth. Well integrated and aging nicely with plenty of acidity remaining. Similar to previous tastings.
Third 2007 Chardonnay in three days. I rate this between the Rudd and the Leeuwin. Consistent with my note from a year ago, this is definitely on the decline, especially compared to the two other 2007s. Has an elegance about it now, with some pleasant butterscotch on the finish as it approaches room temperature. It is getting a bit flabby; not much for food pairing at this stage. My last bottle, and I think I got the timing about right.
I was pretty disappointed in this wine given the reviews and given how much I love Ridge's reds. The nose was ok with floral, buttery, and stone fruits, but the palate seemed over oaked, too hot, and flabby. It may have been that it was compared to some crisper white burgundies, but I thought it would hold up better.
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(Ridge Chardonnay Monte Bello) Light medium lemon yellow color with clarity; ripe lemon, vanilla oak, almond nose; creamy textured, tart ripe lemon, almond milk, integrating vanilla oak palate with medium-minus acidity, drinkable now but has the concentration and quality to age for 5-6 years; medium-plus finish