Santa Cruz County, San Francisco Bay

Ridge Vineyards

Estate Monte Bello Vineyard Merlot 2012

Would have been a nice Merlot in the cab vs Merlot tasting. The good? This is a merlot. The bad? If you're trying to stump someone? Good luck because....this is a classic merlot. From Monte Bello Vineyard. Nose is brambly, yet a bit sweet. Terroir is on the nose in full force. The entry is dark yet a slight bit youthful. Forest floor, plum, black fruit and quite a bit of it. Finishes with some drier tannin. This one is at the top of its game right now, but isn't going to win many awards for WOTN as it just isn't complex on its own. Drank MUCH better with food. Drink or hold another 5 to 10 years. — 10 days ago

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Neil Valenzuela

Neil Valenzuela

❤️Ridge, Cupertino

Ceritas

Peter Martin Ray Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

This wine always carries a distinct signature of yellow tree fruit, a damp earthiness, and an almost saline-like minerality underlining the wine. Also, texturally I find this to be the most rich of the Ceritas line-up, approaching an oily like mouthfeel but always balanced its acid. The vintage also seemed to express a little more cut than I remember, it’s driving along the palate beginning to end. The 2014 is showing great, beginning to uncoil and reveal it’s true nuance. White WOTN for me — 8 days ago

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Wine Smith

Bates Ranch Santa Cruz Mountains Grenache 2014

As you see this is a Grenache. Light, strawberry, some spice and some nice — 14 days ago

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Thomas Fogarty

Rapley Trail Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

Delectable Wine
9.3

The 2015 Pinot Noir Rapley Trail Vineyard is one of the most reticent and tightly wound wines in this lineup. Saline and focused to the core, the 2015 is a Pinot build on mineral-driven intensity. Readers will have to give the 2015 at least a few years to unwind. There is plenty of potential, but the 2015 Rapley is in no mood to show it today. The long, beautifully persistent finish hints at a bright future. In 2015, Fogarty did not bottle any of their single block wines from Rapley Trail. All of the fruit went into this, the main Pinot off the site. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, September 2018) — 16 days ago

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Hermes Cuello

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I love this winery, fantastic Pinot!

Bonny Doon Vineyard

A Proper Claret Santa Cruz County Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2014

Excellent wine for the price. Love the cocoa, tobacco, herbs, and vegetable flavors. — 5 days ago

Varner

Upper Picnic Block Spring Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

Tasty but a little riper than expected for Santa Cruz. — 6 days ago

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Rhys Vineyards

Horseshoe Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

Red fruit, young, primary flavors. Very curious to see how this ages. Like a young Chambolle now. — 17 days ago

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Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2015

Delectable Wine
9.8

The 2015 Monte Bello is just as phenomenal in this tasting as it has always been. Explosive and powerful in the glass, with fabulous textural richness, the 2015 has a lot to say. Super-ripe red and purplish berry fruit, rose petal and spice add myriad shades of complexity as this towering Monte Bello shows off its personality and pedigree. Rain during bloom reduced the crop significantly. Moderate temperatures with no heat spikes led to a long, relatively cool growing season. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, September 2018) — 16 days ago

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Windy Oaks Estate

Proprietor's Reserve Schultze Family Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009

Light, nuanced, and subtle with a gorgeous spice-box nose framing bright cherry and orange zest. Silky, supple, and seamless on the palate. Entering a prime drinking window. — 9 days ago

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Shay A

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Not familiar with Windy Oaks. Quite the score.
Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

New one on me too. Santa Cruz mountains is pretty solid though.

Kathryn Kennedy

Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon 1995

Happy to know @Steve Anderson. This cab is Beautiful. — 11 days ago

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