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Ridge Estate Chardonnay 2021

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13.70% /
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Vintage: 2021
  • WS 94
  • OB 94
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    Ridge Estate Chardonnay 2021 is a beautiful expression of a classic, cool-climate Chardonnay. With this vintage, winemaker Trester Goetting worked to focus on the unique terroir of the Monte Bello vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The vineyard, planted in the late 1940s and situated on fractured limestone, was greatly influenced by the dry and hot summer that celebrated its 2021 vintage.

    On the nose, the Ridge Estate Chardonnay showcases strong aromas of tropical fruit such as guava and pineapple, alongside familiar fragrances of toasted marshmallow, lavender, and the soft, sweet aromas of baking spice. On the palate, peach preserves, dried pineapple, and Honeycrisp apple come to life with a touch of salted toffee. The wine offers a vibrant and weighty entry that is balanced with invigorating acidity, which brings complexity and intrigue to this bottle.

    This year’s Ridge Estate Chardonnay is powerful yet graceful, an ideal pairing for any occasion. Critic scores of 94 indicate that the 2021 Chardonnay is an opportunity to be savored. Enjoy it now or cellar for six to ten years.

    77 reviews for Ridge Estate Chardonnay 2021

    1. Reginald Mcintosh

      “This wine is reminiscent of a young Montrachet with notes of apple, pear, lemon, lime, creme brulee, and minerality.”

    2. Neal Purdy

      Buttery and delicious.

    3. John Netterville

      Young with notes of lemon, stonefruit, and honey. Medium body and acidity with new oak. Can drink now, but best to wait a few years for optimal taste.

    4. Colleen Kim

      Excellent wine with pale straw color and notes of citrus, vanilla, and salinity on the nose. The palate offers pear, apple, soft citrus, and a hint of spice with good acidity and nice mouthfeel.

    5. Prince Mclaurin

      Balanced fruit and mineral notes with good acidity. Strong vanilla/butterscotch that will fade as oak integrates.

    6. Holly Smith

      Rich and severe with apricot fruit and stony edge, firm acidic base and long finish.

    7. Eugene Cleveland

      Butterscotch, honeysuckle, and cashew on the nose. Bright and lively with a grapefruit or lemony finish.

    8. Kayla Brzezowski

      Citrusy aroma, tartness followed by creamy texture, leather and mild citrus notes.

    9. Jeremy Winer

      Pale yellow with lemon, lime, cream, and vanilla aromas. Vibrant acid frame with a long finish.

    10. Rex Beekman

      Chardonnay mixes California and Burgundy styles with minor oak. Good.

    11. Rose Freeman

      “Best to wait before opening next bottle as oak settles down for even better taste.”

    12. Jesse Riendeau

      Crisp medium-bodied with notes of pear, white peaches, and hazelnut. Savory and uplifting.

    13. Lakeisha Holman

      Concentrated palate with mineral, citrus, and juicy yellow fruit. Not your typical Cali Chardonnay.

    14. James Jimenez

      Straw and apple flavors with a hint of Brie, but lacks the buttery malolactic texture. High in alcohol.

    15. Jeffery Blumberg

      Stainless fermented, oak-aged (7% new). Lemon, pear, and honeysuckle aromas with a mild oak tone. Good acidity and minerality. Balanced between stainless and classic California chardonnay.

    16. Patricia Hopkins

      Delicious Chardonnay with candied fruit notes of lemon, pineapple, and coconut. However, it lacks complexity and remains one-dimensional. High acid, soft, and sustained with loads of ginger spice. Drink now until 2027.

    17. Catherine Curry

      Color: medium gold, Nose: popcorn note, fruit and minerals emerge after 30 minutes. Palate: high acidity, full body, strong vanilla, toffee, and licorice. Finish: long. Needs a few years to balance. Good with bay area seafood.

    18. Donna Wells

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    19. Edna Botello

      Wine needs time to settle down oakwise. Enjoyable by the pool now, but will improve with complexity in a year or so. Tasted the next day and went downhill. 89+ now, but can be a 91-92 wine later.

    20. Linda Bowers

      Balanced and mineral-driven, no butter or oak notes.

    21. William Johnson

      Buttery flavor too strong even after decanting for 2 hours. Quick double decanting helped slightly. Time is key.

    22. Angela Colburn

      Oak overpowers other notes, needs more time. Double decant and chill for an hour.

    23. Cora Turner

      Crisp and creamy with notes of green apple, lemon, and vanilla. Finishes with a touch of minerality.

    24. Ted Bradley

      Full-bodied with aromas of brioche, lemon curd, and stone fruit. Vibrant acidity with a long finish.

    25. Suzie Mcclure

      Youthful with white grapefruit, gravel, and granny smith. Medium acidity, no oak or butter. Bound up energy like young Meursault. Nice now, higher score with age.

    26. Ira Goza

      Review: Clear light yellow with hints of silver. Aromas of pear, green apple, white pepper, tangerine, minerals, and oak. Palate has similar flavors with a medium-full body and a long, acidic finish. Scored T9 (possibly an 8).

    27. Peter Jares

      Oak and toasted Arborio rice on the palate with mild butter and mineral flavor. Good American Chardonnay but not my favorite.

    28. Raymond Barber

      Review: Aromas of Puligny Montrachet, with barrel influence. Texturally interesting, layered and structured. Good now, will age well. Delicious fruit and creamy finish. 93.

    29. William Owens

      Replacement bottle from Ridge was much better, with a light hint of burnt match, but more agreeable and flinty. Prefer the flavor profiles of previous vintages, but this was still good with a more austere taste of lemon and minerals.

    30. Mary Myers

      Deliciously oaked with savory fruit character and juicy acidity. Cold location adds to its charm.

    31. Cruz Mucciolo

      Rich and oaky, this California Chardonnay is a class act with all the hallmarks of a great wine. Buttery, vanilla, and rich fruit make it a must-try for lovers of big Chardonnays. Score: 93.

    32. Jarrod Badgley

      Impressive chardonnay with open nose of white citrus, pear, green apple, oak/vanilla, white flowers, and spice. Beautiful texture and long finish. Wait a year or two for the next.

    33. Patricia Gregg

      Fruitful and acidic with a noticeable oak presence. Minerality overpowers after a day and bitterness dominates later. Did not improve.

    34. Keith Leite

      Delicate and balanced wine, strong personality. Subtle notes of pomegranate, grass and citrus. Enjoyable now or cellared 1-4 years.

    35. Harold Henderson

      Ridge Chardonnay: Pale straw color, lemon, pear, and vanilla on the nose. Butterscotch, pear, and lots of vanilla on the palate. Good, but you need to appreciate oak to enjoy it.

    36. Julie Mack

      Great California chardonnay with balanced oak, citrus, and melon notes. Perfect for oaked chardonnay lovers and worth buying by the case.

    37. Homer Barrett

      Smoky, tightly wound.

    38. Jason Martin

      Day three: improving. Slightly sulfuric upon opening. Hold or drink? Hard to resist.

    39. Darlene Mcleod

      “Unbalanced with overpowering oak and alcohol notes.”

    40. Laurel Lucas

      Structured acidity with pure notes of citrus and green apples. No oak.

    41. Janet Geiger

      Ridge Lytton Springs: Full yellow with oak and pineapple notes. Rich feel with good acidity, but too much astringent wood.

    42. Gary Chavez

      Smoky and nutty chardonnay, good now or later.

    43. Peter Burgess

      Initial review: “Intense sulfur smell, terrible. After 2 hours, lemon and creamy texture with flavors of lemon, herbs, and mortadella. Dubious for the price and sulfur.”

      Rewritten review: “Intense sulfur smell at first, but after 2 hours in a decanter, lemon and creamy texture with flavors of herbs and mortadella. Pricewise, still dubious due to the sulfur.”

    44. Marjorie Thorell

      Smooth and pleasant with crisp acidity and flavors of pineapple, apple, and wet stone.

    45. Caitlin Garcia

      Distinctive smoke and mineral aroma followed by a savory taste. Unique in its own way.

    46. Landon Corey

      2019 Ridge Estate Chardonnay is a full-bodied and very dry wine with a long, rounded finish. It has notes of oak, Meyer lemon, green apple, and a touch of salinity. The wine has a high alcohol level and medium++ acidity.

    47. Renee Morse

      Improved taste from winery tasting.

    48. Sondra Carrillo

      Modern Chardonnay with banana and oak notes. Decant for 6 hours for optimal taste.

    49. Amy Ross

      Sulphur, toast, and funky notes.

    50. Nathan Hinton

      Deep wine with honey, butter and melon flavors. Best paired with sharp, acidic appetizers.

    51. John Hoffman

      Light gold color. Citrus, pineapple, and peach aroma with smokey and flinty notes. Medium-bodied with a touch of oak that is nicely integrated. Really nice.

    52. Willie Mckenzie

      Flavorful with minerals, lemon citrus and honeydew but overpowered by alcohol and oak.

    53. Karen Courtemanche

      Wonderful wine, superbly made. Not my preferred style, but I like it. Ridge never disappoints.

    54. Muoi Mckeon

      Expertly balanced, elegant, and buttery with notes of flint, peach, and apple. Finishes crisply with a well-behaved acidity.

    55. Frances Suddreth

      Controversial wine. Pale color. Smells like CLR. No fruit. Built to age, not drink. Hold for several years.

    56. Emily Clausen

      Review: Acidic with good length, but too much toasted, buttered popcorn flavor. Unbalanced. Quality still evident.

    57. John Oshey

      Crisp and minerally with almond oil, apricot, and honey notes. Goes well with Thai food. Delicious!

    58. Geoffrey Smith

      Nose: gun powder, vanilla oak, smoke, and citrus. Palate: high acid, smokey citrus fruit with tension. Drinks like a burgundy. 91-92.

    59. Maryann Amedee

      Improved with cellaring, white flowers, meyer lemon, long finish with scampi and garlic bread.

    60. Nicole Benigni

      Complex and enjoyable wine, improved score after more bottles. Would rebuy. 2018’s coming soon.

    61. Maribel Pring

      Mixed reviews. Not recommended for Napa Chardonnay lovers. Finger Lakes similarity noted.

    62. Rodney Kimbrough

      Californian Chardonnay with fresh stone fruit, green apple, and honey aroma. Toasty, oily, and buttery palate with hints of white blossom. Subtle elegance with less ripeness than expected. Astringent grapefruit notes with evident oak and limited finish. Improved on day two but not magical.

    63. Everett Christenson

      Aromas of citrus and wet stone with subtle oak. Minimal oak and butter on the palate. Dry, mineral finish. Could benefit from another year of aging.

    64. Stefanie Wingard

      A refreshing blend of green apple, pineapple, and tropical fruit with a hint of vanilla. The sweetness is unique, but enjoyable. A-

    65. Walter Jackson

      Paired with ginger salmon at Duke’s Alki with Dad. Tropical fruit nose. Supple palate with fruity, toasty oak notes. Best 2024-2032. Score: 92.

    66. Mason Scott

      Restrained and elegant with a curious mineral nose dominated by white sesame seed. Moderate acidity with a restrained fruit character and dominant minerality. Nice wine.

    67. Claire Rosales

      Pale yellow with hints of gold. Forward aroma of peaches, citrus, cream, and oak. Round and full on the palate with a light touch of acid. Medium to long finish, medium alcohol.

    68. Jerry Burger

      Rich style, but oak is not prominent and a bit bitter, not very good.

    69. Rickey Montgomery

      Intense barnyard funk at first, followed by clear acidity. After a few hours, it mellows into a perfect background. Best to let it age for a few years.

    70. Mario Sims

      Tropical fruit, apple, pear, and vanilla flavors with a balanced acidity. A/A-

    71. William Payne

      A reductive wine with salty popcorn, cumin, and lemon notes. The palate is dominated by salty buttered popcorn and spice, but the mouthfeel and taste feel a bit generic and overdone. Not a good deal at over $80.

    72. Kathleen Stone

      Ridge chardonnay restores faith with peach stone and spice aroma, plushness with acidic, high-quality oak treatment.

    73. Elizabeth Gallo

      Night 2: Rich tropical fruit with balanced acidity and subtle grit. Slight sweetness on the aftertaste. Unexpected but impressive.

    74. Julieta Harbison

      Tight at first, but tasty.

    75. Earl Nunamaker

      Tight and solid, but not ready.

    76. WS

      Rich and toasty up front, with grilled orange, toasted cumin, nectarine and honeycomb notes, plus dried ginger and cardamom. Shows a touch of salted toffee to complement peach preserves, dried pineapple and Honeycrisp apple. Juicy finish. Drink now.

    77. OB

      Entirely sourced from the Monte Bello Vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains, this was stored in 24% new French oak before bottling. The wine comes from vines that were first planted in the late 1940s that is set on fractured limestone. Toasted hazelnut salted peach, and suggestions of baking spice dusted brioche all hit the nose. The palate is very soft and seamless with ripe stone and tropical fruit flavors. Finishing very long with salty minerals and vanilla cream, this is a beautiful, generous wine to consume now and over the next ten years. Drink 2023-2033.

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    Critical Acclaim

    WS 94
    Wine Spectator
    Rich and toasty up front, with grilled orange, toasted cumin, nectarine and honeycomb notes, plus dried ginger and cardamom. Shows a touch of salted toffee to complement peach preserves, dried pineapple and Honeycrisp apple. Juicy finish. Drink now.
    OB 94
    Owen Bargreen
    Entirely sourced from the Monte Bello Vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains, this was stored in 24% new French oak before bottling. The wine comes from vines that were first planted in the late 1940s that is set on fractured limestone. Toasted hazelnut salted peach, and suggestions of baking spice dusted brioche all hit the nose. The palate is very soft and seamless with ripe stone and tropical fruit flavors. Finishing very long with salty minerals and vanilla cream, this is a beautiful, generous wine to consume now and over the next ten years. Drink 2023-2033.

    What does Ridge Estate Chardonnay 2021 taste like?


    Light
    Bold
    Dry
    Sweet
    Soft
    Acidic
    Earthy Flavors of the wine

    earthy, mushroom, smoke

    Oaky Flavors of the wine

    oak, tobacco, vanilla

    apple, green apple, pear

    Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

    pepper, licorice, cinnamon

    Citrus notes found in the wine

    citrus, lemon, lemon zest

    cheese, cream, toasted bread

    Vegetal notes found in the wine

    tomato, grass, straw

    raisin, fig, dried fruit

    tropical, pineapple, mango

    Floral aromas found in the wine

    perfume, hibiscus, jasmine

    Food Pairing with Ridge Estate Chardonnay 2021

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