2013 Chardonnay, Mendocino Ridge | Jim Ball Vineyards | Winestyr
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2013 Chardonnay, Mendocino Ridge

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Appellation: Mendocino Ridge AVA

By: Jim Ball Vineyards

In: Sebastopol, CA

750mL / 13.5% ABV

Winestyr Review

After being a huge personal fan of Jim Ball's Pinot Noirs over the past few years, I was a little apprehensive when tasting his first Chardonnay. All I can say is, wow. This is a tremendous effort. Made by world renowned winemaker Greg La Follette, this wine has tremendous depth and a vivacious character. Minerality, bright fruit, oak, and intensity from the moment it hits your lips all the way through the long, luxurious finish. I have to say, this might be my favorite effort from Jim Ball to date. Aged in 100% French Oak, 10% new. 100% Chardonnay.

What We Love

  • Mendocino Ridge AVA
  • Tremendous depth
  • Balanced

The 2013 Jim Ball Signature Chardonnay from the Mendocino Ridge AVA is a Chardonnay lovers Chardonny - this wine is also great for those who have sworn off Chardonnay... you will love this wine.


We've worked with Jim Ball for a while now and he continues to impress us year after year with his intense, meticulously handcrafted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. He's a regular guy that fell in love with the rugged Northern California coast almost three decades ago, and now he's making some of the best small-lot wines we've tasted. These wines are edgy and understated - just like Jim Ball. Give them a try and you'll experience mouthwatering flavors that you never thought were possible out of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.


Proprietor, Jim Ball, fell in love with Northern California, its juxtaposition of rugged Pacific Coast and orderly vineyard rows. So a search began for the Holy Grail - that sweet spot where Pinot noir could be taken to exalted levels. Jim found it in the mountain top vineyards of Boonville. Jim Ball's Pinots are a prime example of earthy, robust, sexy Pinot Noir - the kind you open with a few close friends by the fire pit or on a quiet night when the cool winds bear a hint of the winter to come. These award-winning cult wines consist exclusively of Estate Fruit.

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Customer Reviews

  • LizP

    Verified Purchase

    I just opened this tonight but wanted to review it anyways. I am not a wine expert but I love this. In my opinion it is traditional chardonnay - in a good way. Oak flavors but not over the top and easy to pair with dinner, just had it with chicken shwarma- awesome.