Ridge Chardonnay, Estate, Monte Bello Vineyard, Santa Cruz Mountains, 2009

100% chardonnay. 2009 Chardonnay, bottled January 2011. Winter storms brought below-average precipitation, but late spring rains supplied the vines enough water to survive an unusually warm summer. In each parcel, we picked the stressed vines before the green ones, giving us fourteen separate lots. After natural primary and secondary barrel fermentations, we racked off the lees in August. We then combined the finest lots for our new Estate Chardonnay designation. The firm acid is well-matched by rich, wonderfully-complex fruit. This fine wine will be most enjoyable over the next five years. Limestone sub soils, cool climate, low yields and natural fermentations have produced fifty vintages of exceptional wines. The distinctive character of the finest wines has always been determined by their site - by nature, not by man. Grown, produced and bottled by Ridge Vineyards. 14.5% alcohol by volume. Product of USA.