Founded in 1962, Ridge Vineyards has enjoyed a stellar reputation for producing exceptional wines almost from day one, thanks in large part to the leadership of iconic figure Paul Draper. Draper retired in 2016 at the age of 80, but Ridge continues to be run by a team of executives who have been with the winery for decades. Ridge has probably always been best known for their reds, their brawny Zins and Cabernets and blends, and so you may be surprised to learn that one of the very first wines produced at Ridge was a Chardonnay, made from vines that had been planted on the estate Monte Bello vineyard in the late 1940s. Several great subsequent vintages showed that Santa Cruz climate and sols were well-suited to the grape. Those old vines have since been ripped out, and younger vines, planted in the 70s, provide the majority of the grapes today. This is a full-bodied Chardonnay, lush and juicy, with bright acidity and intense, tightly wound layers of ripe spiced fruit.
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