Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay

Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 1996

Nose has ripe blackberry, over-ripe black currant, dehydrated black cherry, moist prune, dried mint, old leather, old cedar, fresh cigar, ever so slight eucalyptus and milk chocolate powder.

Palate has velvety black fruits, blackberry/black cherry/plum, cedar, wet leather, wet volcanic rock, moist garden soil and wow what a finish, so long, so beautiful. Well cellared '96 CA should last forever! Medium tannins persist! Decanted 6H, more time would be appreciated, alas our last and only bottle, damn it.

Paired to Allen Bros. filets (Prime/Complete Trim) grilled to 127° then rested for 12m, perfectly medium rare; Toasted orzo with grilled squash and brussel sprouts with bacon. 🤤

An early Father's Day with my parents, so I don't have to compete with my Sister & Nephew's in 24 hours, plus we'll have the better wine. 🤞
— 2 days ago

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Wow wow wiener
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@Peter Sultan @Josh Morgenthau Thanks, and sorry for no food companion pic, was relaxing with the parents and not thinking about a food shot; this wine pic was taken early in the morning before the sun was fully awaken.
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Rhys Vineyards

Horseshoe Vineyard Chardonnay 2018

Horseshoe Chardonnay is showing off. This wine is as close to perfect as it comes! — 7 days ago

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Stirm

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! — a month ago

John, Ira and 3 others liked this

Madson

Arey Vineyard Chardonnay 2019

2019 vintage. Bâtard-Montrachet nose, Chablis Grand Cru finish. Thin, watery body and the mid-palate is definitely in a period of transformation but this wine is going (other) places and would love to revisit in a year. Mineral component and acidity are on point currently with that ethereal Santa Cruz Mountains terroir but expecting this wine to fatten up in the next twelve months. Fascinating. This producer is making some palate-challenging chards and pinots along with a solid red blend...all with low case production. This one is all of 130 cases and with a nice price. — 4 days ago

Ira, David and 3 others liked this

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. — 10 days ago

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Shay, Peter and 6 others liked this

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+ — 17 days ago

romo, Andrew and 22 others liked this

Arnot-Roberts

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.. 👍🏻
— 9 days ago

Shay, Thijs and 7 others liked this

Rhys Vineyards

Horseshoe Hillside Pinot Noir 2018

I will give this wine a slight nod over the 2019 and really it is all to do with the one extra year in bottle. Yes these were infants but fascinating to see what these young beauties taste like out of the gate. — 5 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. — 8 days ago

Severn, Sharon and 11 others liked this

Lioco

Saveria Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2016

MICHAEL COOPER DipWSET
9.0

Very bright. High acid. Tart and nervy. Interesting and I believe will age very cool. #pinotnoir #santacruz — 17 days ago

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