Ridge Santa Cruz Mountains ‘Home Ranch’ Chardonnay 2005
So I have tasted and raved about the 2005 Santa Cruz Estate chard from Ridge. This one is a level up in price and comes from a single vineyard in the same area. Loving the basic estate chard so much I was very excited when I saw this at a downtown San Francisco shop – and I am super glad I picked it up. Of a different ilk from the Nickel and Nickel below, this is just as good if not maybe a little better with a nose of subtle spices, lemon, and maybe even a little loam. The palate was absolutely brilliant with hazlenut, almond, toffee, pineapple, lime, passionfruit and guava.