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Mindego Ridge Chardonnay 2015 (Santa Cruz Mountains, California)
Mindego Ridge Chardonnay 2015 (Santa Cruz Mountains, California)

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Winery: Mindego RIdge
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Region: Santa Cruz Mountains, California
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750 ml


Press / Wine Critic's Reviews
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Notes from the Winemaker:
Forward, rich aromas of yellow squash, melon, lemon curd, pineapple, lily and roasted nuts with balanced alcohol and subtle oak. Medium plus body with concentrated flavors of ripe pear, fuji apple, tangerine and honeydew melon along with underlying minerality with juicy acidity and a long finish. Drinks beautifully now but will continue to develop over the next 2-3 years.

In the Cellar
To preserve the character of both the vineyard and vintage, the grapes are whole-cluster pressed directly to 15% new, 75% neutral French oak and 10% stainless steel. The wine is fermented with indigenous yeast followed by native ML fermentation, with 11 months on lees. This gentle process provides us a stable wine requiring neither fining nor filtration before bottling.

Technical Data:

Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains
Winemaker: Ehren Jordan
Acreage: 1.3 acres Chardonnay, 100% Estate Grown
Clone Selection: Dijon (17, 76, 96)
Barrel Regimen: French Oak, François Frères, 15% new, 75% neutral; 10% stainless steel
Barrel Aging: 11 months
Finished Alcohol: 13.7%
343 cases produced
22.7 Brix
3.37 pH
7.9 g/L titratable acidity

Ratings & Reviews

94 Points - Antonio Galloni (2014 vintage):
"The 2014 Chardonnay is one of the most distinctive wines being made in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Graphite, smoke, peach, mint and honey give the 2014 much of its exotic flair. Dramatic in both its flavors and phenolic intensity, the 2014 is absolutely gorgeous. The aromatics are slightly reductive, so I would give the 2014 a good bit of air. There is no question the 2014, is a stunning wine, although it shows the more extroverted, flamboyant side of what is possible in the Santa Cruz Mountains." - Antonio Galloni (June 2016)

93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2014 vintage):
"The 2014 Chardonnay from Mindego Ridge comes from a tiny 1.5-acre parcel and spent 11 months in mostly neutral French oak. Beautiful notes of white peach, pineapple, exotic flowers and hints of mint all flow from this medium to full-bodied, rich, layered, gorgeous Chardonnay that has excellent freshness and vibrancy. Like all 2014s, its upfront and ready to go, with tons of fruit. Drink it over the coming couple of years." - Jeb Dunnuck (28th Oct 2016)

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