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2010 Ridge Vineyards Chardonnay Estate Santa Cruz Mountains
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About Ridge Vineyards

One of the premier producers of Cabernet and Zinfandel blends in California, Ridge Vineyards thrives on the hands-off approach of longtime winemaker Paul Draper. These wines are generally single-site bottlings that express the unique characteristics of vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley, among others.

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2010 Ridge Vineyards Chardonnay Estate Santa Cruz Mountains

Producer: Ridge Vineyards
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: Chardonnay
Origin: California
Region: Central Coast
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains

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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2012

(made from fruit grown in the Monte Bello vineyard):  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.

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