The 2010 Monte Bello presents with aromas of crushed limestone, citrus blossom, quince, pear, and lemon zest; On the palate, the wine is elegant, textured, has a firm acid structure, bright citrus, mint, ginger, long refreshing finish.
Wine Enthusiast (WE): 92
"A fancy, rich Chardonnay that has concentrated, intense Meyer-lemon tart, mineral and honeysuckle flavors, yet it’s elegant, with streamlined acidity. Oak adds the perfect touch of buttered toast. This showcases the opulence of Chardonnay, while maintaining balance and dryness."
Antonio Galloni- Vinous (AG): 94
"Crushed rocks, flint, jasmine and white stone fruits form the backbone of the 2010 Chardonnay Monte Bello. Still very tight and backward, the 2010 is going to require a measure of patience, but it is striking, even today. A bright, crystalline finish rounds things out in style. The 2010 is shaping up to be another classic from Ridge, but it will also require a measure of patience."