Storm WinesRidge Chardonnay 2022Product code: 17120
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Storm Wines Ridge Chardonnay is a splendidly nuanced expression of the world-renowned Chardonnay grape. Sourced from select vineyards in Santa Ynez Valley, California, it presents an alluring aroma combining citrus, apple and subtle oak nuances. Beneath lies a medley of peach, lemon, and vanilla, layered with minerality that resonates with a lingering finish. Superbly balanced and elegant, the wine's excellent acidity adds freshness and life to its rich, creamy texture. Truly, this Californian Chardonnay is a testament to Storm Wines' vision of crafting wines that express the uniqueness and vibrancy of their terroir. An absolute must-try for discerning wine enthusiasts.
Leaner in style next to the Vrede, which is all about buoyant, complex fruit, Ridge by comparison speaks to restraint, length and minerality. Here, we have a wine of crisp citrussy acidity, supported by 30% new French oak. Notes of pink grapefruit and pink pepper emerge with air and accent what is a lovely salty, linear, and focused Chardonnay.
About the Winery
Situated in the picturesque Santa Barbara County, Storm Wines winery represents the epitome of fine winemaking. Fashioned on the pursuit of elegance and authenticity, Storm Wines is driven by a conscious endeavour to cultivate and craft the finest expressions of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.
Nestled amidst the rolling hills and the coastal breeze, the vineyards nurtures high-quality grapes. Dependent upon the unique American terroir, the winery produces wines that capture the heart and soul of Santa Barbara's exceptional climate and geology. The hands-on approach, from vineyard management to bottling, ensures the uncompromised quality and character of every wine.
At the helm of Storm Wines is Ernst Storm, a South African wine expert. A fervent passion for nature fuels his craft, using traditional and minimalist winemaking techniques to retain the integrity of grape varieties. Never one for manipulating flavours, Ernst believes in letting the grapes and the unique Santa Barbara terroir express themselves in the bottle.
Visitors to the winery are treated to an unforgettable experience. The rustic charm of the tasting room couples with the panoramic vineyard view to elevate the wine-tasting journey. And Storm's dedicated staff stand at the ready to guide you through the wines, enlight of their distinct aroma and palate profiles.
Aside from its flagship series, the vineyard also has a small batch production under the label "Presqu'ile.” These premium wines are a tribute to the vineyard's commitment to extended ageing and special select harvests.
One of the specialities Storm Wines is known for are the wines that mature gracefully in the bottle, unravelling more complex tones with time. Whether you're a casual wine enthusiast or an aspiring sommelier, you''ll find a bottle that resonates with your palate, and leaves a lasting impression.
Storm Wines embraces the true essence of winemaking, capturing the quintessential character of Santa Barbara County in each bottle. Its commitment to sustainability, authenticity, and sophistication has ushered it onto the world stage, as one of California’s finest wineries.