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93 points Wine & Spirits: Scents of lemon, vanilla and salt air rush through this young chardonnay, a cool mountain w...Read more...
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Crisp tropical fruit flavors with a slight hint of butter. Very lightly oaked. Wonderful on its own, with a favorite cheese, or with a fish or chic... Read more
Inky ruby. Intense cherry, blackcurrant, licorice, pipe tobacco and cedary oak aromas show superb clarity and energy. Sweet, penetrating cherry-col... Read more
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Inky ruby. Intense cherry, blackcurrant, licorice, pipe tobacco and cedary oak aromas show superb clarity and energy. Sweet, penetrating cherry-cola and bitter chocolate flavors are deeply concentrated but lively, picking up woodsmoke, floral pastille and allspice nuances with air. Smooth, harmonious tannins build slowly on the finish and meld seamlessly with the wine's vivacious fruit. Almost painfully young, this wine demands — and will reward — aging.
The just-bottled 2010 Monte Bello combines pure structure and power in a rich, full-bodied style for this wine. Waves of dark red fruit, crushed rocks, flowers, mint and grilled herbs wrap around the long, insistent finish. Today, the 2010 is slightly more reticent than it was last year, but the wine comes to life the more it sits in the glass. Always classy, the 2010 Monte Bello impresses for its impeccable balance. Count me among those who will be thrilled to own this magnificent California classic. The 2010 is a decidedly virile, powerful Monte Bello, qualities winemaker Eric Baugher attributes to a year with a very cold summer and periods of heat that arrived only towards the tail end of the growing season. In 2010, the blend is 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Anticipated maturity: 2020–2040.
The 2010 Chardonnay Montebello Estate Vineyard wraps around the palate with layers of deep expressive fruit. It shows lovely depth in an understated style. There is a level of textural depth and creaminess that isn't found in the straight Estate bottling but the 2010 never strays from the classic restrained Ridge style. This is gorgeous. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020. - Antonio Galloni Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.
1992> RP: 94-97 Points, WS: 91 Points 1994> ST: 95 Points, WS: 92 Points 1996> RP: 95 Points, ST: 94 Points
The 2010 Chardonnay Estate is a beautiful, precise wine laced with citrus zest, crushed rocks and a hint of spice from the American oak. In 2010, the Chardonnay stands out for its energy and tension. It needs another year or two to settle down, but it is already striking in its beauty. Anticipated maturity: 2013andndash;2020.
Things take a more serious turn with the 2010 Chablis Mont de Milieu which is a major step up from the preceding premier crus. Fruit structure and acidity are all deftly balanced in this harmonious impeccable wine. I especially like the level of nuance and pure delineation in the glass. A round textured finish rounds things out in style. Here again the seemingly opposite contradictory qualities of the vintage are both on display. The Mont de Milieu is at once approachable yet taut. I find the combination utterly irresistible. Anticipated maturity: 2013+. -Antonio Galloni Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.
Clean and refined, pure, rich and elegant, this Chardonnay features a strong mineral, lime skin and green apple presence, gaining depth and dimension before fanning out nicely on the finish. Drink now through 2018.
93 points Wine & Spirits: Scents of lemon, vanilla and salt air rush through this young chardonnay, a cool mountain wine with a clear impression of the California coast. It glistens with white cherry flavors, herbal scents of forest underbrush and a gentle, honeyed aftertaste. Already showing incipient complexity, this will gain depth and breadth over the next several years. (Aug 2012)
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