Santa Cruz County, San Francisco Bay

Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2006

From a Ridge mini vertical at a friend’s house. 08, 07, 06. This 06 is by far the most evolved. Nose is sweet with ripe, almost prune-tinged fruit. I hesitate to say prune because it has a bad connotation but this is really good. And at its peak. Lots of sweet, old library notes. Still a lot of tannin, but the flavors are revolved so don’t wait for more tannin to drop. A real pleasure-giver. — 2 days ago

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Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Chardonnay 2019

Noticeable oak, but I enjoy some overt (but in check) oak with my Cali Chard. Old style. — 2 days ago

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Saveria Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2016


Very bright. High acid. Tart and nervy. Interesting and I believe will age very cool. #pinotnoir #santacruz — 11 days ago

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Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Chardonnay 2017

Big tropical fruits, lemon curd, luscious, yet retains acid in the end…maybe too much vanilla cream (oak) for me, but overall delicious after dinner and segway to whiskey around the fire…. — a day ago

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Trout Gulch Vineyard Chardonnay 2017

Pale gold. Lemon, minerals, high acidity and bitterness level. Crisp, sinewy wine. Apple skin, green melon, paraffin, freshly cut green herbs. Many users say they find this Chablis-esque, and I can see that.

After a day in the fridge this is slightly richer and less restrained. Very nice wine.. 👍🏻
— 3 days ago

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San Cruz Mountains Riesling 2019

Often times lacking the acidity and tensions found in other countries, this is a beautiful example@of American riesling. While it shouldn’t be compared to a German Riesling for example, this still has a powerful presence. A bit more round but it’s enveloping. Very good stuff from a really good dude! — 23 days ago

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Mount Eden Vineyards

Domaine Eden Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Same as previous notes. Not evolving much in either direction. — 8 days ago

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I haven’t had this for years. I would have expected a better score from this bottle.

Mount Eden Vineyards

Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

This is fantastic. Foxy, animal nose of black currant, brambles and quinine. Such pretty aromas. Really light, almost ethereal on the palate. Tart and structured, with delicate tannins brushing the finish, and a wonderful saltiness. Super harmonious. 9.5+ — 11 days ago

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Rhys Vineyards

Mt.Pajaro Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2016

Phenomenal Chenin from Rhys. Medium plus acidity, beeswax, lemon, mandarin orange, green apple, the wine could sit down for another 5-10 years. — 4 days ago

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Bates Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 1991

In formidable shape, wrapping up its third decade. The nose is striking. Smooth on the palate, tannins resolved, tertiary characteristics. Still enough fruit and acidity to keep it fresh. Cork was impeccable. Double decanted, modest amount of sediment. Winemaker’s comments: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, Bates’ Ranch. Dusty, earthy, aromatic cedar, berry bouquet. Elegant, rich, bright fruit flavor balanced with soft tannins. Unfined and unfiltered. 774 cases produced. Bottled November, 1993 — 8 days ago