Single Bottle - Standard - 750ml
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A full-bore style, with a rich, smoky aroma and flavors to match, along with pear and apple tart notes. The long finish is filled with plenty of oak accents that feature some buttery hints. Drink now through 2023. 2,250 cases made.
The 2016 Chardonnay Estate is lovely, opening in the glass with notes of fresh pear, preserved lemon, nutmeg and subtle spice. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, satiny and expansive, with a broad, textural attack, good balancing acidity and a pure, mineral-inflected finish. Recently bottled, it's still a baby, so it's hard to say where it stands vis-à-vis the 2015 rendition: right now, it seems a touch less concentrated but more elegant and harmonious; with time in bottle, I wouldn't be surprised to see it take the lead. The Chardonnay Estate represents a barrel selection of lots that don't possess the chalky grip and energy Ridge seek in their Monte Bello Chardonnay, so it's always a more approachable wine.
Impressive grapefruit and pithy lemon aromas here. Really fresh and complex. The palate has the same pithy yellow-citrus emphasis with attractive tension and depth. This is an on point, contemporary chardonnay. Drink or hold.
Starting with the 2016 Chardonnay Estate, this fabulous wine is up with the crème de la crème of the vintage and isn’t far off the more expensive Monte Bello release. Loaded with stone fruit and white flower nuances as well as some reductive qualities, it hits the palate with medium-bodied richness, beautiful purity, and high yet integrated acidity. It’s a brilliant effort and worth a case purchase as it should age for 15-20 years.