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2001 Ridge Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains (750ml)
Producer: Ridge Vineyards ridgewine.com
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains - California - United States (AVA)
Type: white
Varietal: Chardonnay
Maturity: Drink
Rating: n/a
Est. Price: US$27.99
Availability:
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klwines.com: US$27.99
Tasting Notes:
rated: June 8, 2004 , K&L Wine Merchants klwines.com
" A mild winter and early spring allowed this 100% chardonnay to set a full crop. Ridge, of course, thinned to balance the number of clusters to the strength of each vine. Thanks to a warm, fog-free summer, the fruit at harvest was as close to clean and perfect as is possible. The grapes were not de-stemmed and crushed, but pressed as whole clusters. Once racked to barrels (80% air-dried American oak, 20% French), the juice fermented on naturally-present yeasts, finishing primary fermentation by January. From then until June the barrels were stirred once a week during the natural malolactic. The wines settled out over the summer after which Ridge selected six lots, each from a different parcel, as finest and most representative of the vineyard. These were combined and returned to barrel and tank for extended aging and settling, eventually to be bottled without filtration. This lovely, cool-climate chardonnay will be at its best over the next three to four years."