Tasting Note                          

92   2002 Ridge St. Cruz Mtns Chardonnay     7/2/04($30)

Color: Pretty medium golden.(3.0) Bouquet: Rich pear fruit and well-integrated piney oak and some mineral terroir.(3.0) Body: Not huge, but perfect balance of fruit-to-oak-to-terroir.(3.0) Flavor: Parallels bouquet but more pretty with butterscotch and honeysuckle components. Delicious.(4.0) Finish: Parallels flavor, but more restrained.(3.0)
Overall: This is a solid excellent that is very well balanced. It does not have the intensity of the ’96, but is similar in style and is complex. Give it a few years. (16.0)