1997 Pine Ridge - Chardonnay Dijon Clones 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88

Dried fruits, lemon rind, orange peel, licorice and oak char on the complex nose. Smoky, spicy and creamy in the mouth; offers ripe flavors of peach and baked apple and a silky mouthfeel. A rather soft chardonnay with harmonious acids. Finishes ripe and suave, with good rather than outstanding length.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 84

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Average rating: 88, based on 1 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

4 bottles owned by 3 collectors.

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About This Producer


Building on the groundwork laid by the founders, Pine Ridge set out with ardor and high aims for their vineyards, winery, and wines. They care for every vine as if it were their only vine and have a grape reception and sorting process second to none. Within a year of starting, they rebalanced the vines and completely revamped their grape-handling procedures. Every vintage since has been testament to the success of our viticultural and enological pursuits. Pine Ridge focuses on Cabernet Sauvignon production from Napa's key AVAs.

Wine Varietal: Chardonnay


Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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