Santa Cruz County, San Francisco Bay

Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Torre Ranch Petite Verdot 2011

Monster. This is one of the single blocks that make up the Monte Bello bottling. 12.5% alcohol. Cool vintage, it’s perfect for this beast, Blackberry juice, structure, wish we would have waited. Has another 20 years, incredible acid, shows some classic Ridge wood characteristics. Decant it a day before you’re going to drink it, pair with a bone-in Rib-eye, duck fat fries, bitter greens. Fatty, fatty, fatty. — a day ago

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Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

An iconic red blend from Santa Cruz. Very elegant nose with great aromas of currants, cassis and cedar. Lots of fruit on the palate with big flavors of nectarines, red currants, plums with a little bit of earthiness that enhances the overall taste. The tannins are very nicely integrated but do show up in the finish. I really like this wine. I’ve been sitting on this bottle for a number of years after buying it at the winery. — 16 days ago

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Neil Valenzuela

Neil Valenzuela

❤️Ridge! A Cupertino best!

Mount Eden Vineyards

Domaine Eden Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2015

This wine enlightened me on why fine Pinot Noir is precious :) I mainly tasted Cabernets up till now, and Pinot Noir was always just like a lighter-bodied cabernet before today. This wine is aromatic, light-bodied yet with some complexity, very amazed and finally understand the gist of good Pinot Noir (note: am a beginner with wine ;) ). Heard that the 2014 vintage was served in Prince Harry’s wedding — can’t wait to try! — 3 hours ago

Varner

Amphitheater Block Spring Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay 2013

Started off with a petrol nose. Blew off and evolved into more floral scents and flavors. Chardonnay, so still some oak, but delicate and refreshing. — a day ago

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Rhys Vineyards

Alpine Vineyard Chardonnay 2009

Finally a solid bottle of Chard for me this week, after two flawed bottles. This is great, mild lemon and orchard fruits with subtle oak notes. Light and great structure. Zippy acidity. I’m happy :) — 11 days ago

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Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Chardonnay 2014

Adding chill now, notes forthcoming...
I'm not a CA Chardonnay guy, but this one has been very Burgundian in style previously.

Nose you had me at flinty mineral and grape seed.

Palate is a little too creamy oak, needs air.

Aired out palate has warm pear/pineapple and a mineral component I cannot quite pin yet, oak is still in the way.

48hr Update: Flinty/Oak bat to the palate, check ☑, has not mellowed at all tonight.
— 17 days ago

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Rhys Vineyards

Horseshoe Vineyard Chardonnay 2012

Holy sh*tballs that is championship. So impressive. — 10 days ago

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Windy Oaks Estate

Schultze Family Vineyard Henry's Block Pinot Noir 2009

This is in a gorgeous drinking window right now. Tons of spice accenting red fruit in a lovely, well-balanced package. — 4 days ago

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@Bill Bender thanks to @Eric LaMasters comments I purchase the wine so when you come home I will open them

Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2007

Round next. Haven’t had Monte Bello in a while. Should remedy that situation. There are very few domestic wines at this level. — 10 days ago

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Kathryn Kennedy

Santa Cruz Mountains Small Lot Cabernet Sauvignon 1999

I’m very lucky tonight- a special someone found me this bottle after hearing me wax poetic about the 1999 Kathryn Kennedy estate Cabernet, a true epiphany wine. This is 100% Santa Cruz mountains, but the secondary bottling sourced from small-scale growers in some of the warmer microclimates. It would be unfair to draw comparisons, so I won’t. This is simply a lovely and elegant wine that looks gorgeous after 17 years in the bottle. Bright ruby with no signs of browning. Beautifully resolved and silky on the palate with plenty of acidity. Red berries, menthol, licorice, tobacco, roses and a hint of vanilla. Very genteel and sporting a certain New World polish but retaining a bit of that gravelly, underbrush soil quality. For a second bottling this shows superb finesse, longevity, range and complexity. Wine is a gift- share your love with others. — 8 days ago

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