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My Rating 88: Well balanced body with good fruit and tannins. Nose balanced but with a hint of typical Chile wine. I don't know what it is but you could call this funky. Price is OK at Costco about $ 8
Good but a bit tannic
Wow- smooth with a great finish - loved it!
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 chicken entree.
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Montes Chardonnay Reserve
Pale yellow. Candied citrus fruit and pear aromas are complicated by notes of vanilla and smoky minerals. Juicy and incisive, offering lively Meyer lemon and quince flavors that pick up a subtle touch of anise with air. The vanilla note comes back on the spicy, tenacious finish.
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.
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 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Rosso Vineyard is a knock-out but it will benefit from a few more years of bottle age. From the red soils of this famous Sonoma vineyard it exhibits a dense ruby/purple color along with a sweet bouquet of loamy soil black currants black cherries and underbrush. Full-bodied rich and moderately tannic it should drink well for 15-20 years. 92+ - Robert Parker Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.
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.
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.
Food Pairings for Montes Chardonnay Reserve
“One sip of this wine and you know you’re in mountain territory. Bold Cabernet flavors of black cherry, wild blueberry and blackberry fill the mouth, and there’s a minerality in the background that reflects the mineral red soils of the Monte Rosso site and brings structure to the wine. The oak brings hints of cinnamon spice, vanilla and coffee without overpowering the fruit. With chalky tannins and zesty acidity, this is a gutsy Cabernet that’s built for the long haul.”
Dietary Information: Vegan
538 cases produced.
|Sugar: 2.20 g/l grams per liter|