Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay

Mount Eden Vineyards

Estate Bottled Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2012

Shay A
9.3

Quite a debate about is this skunky, and if it is, how do you define it. To me, it was definitely a bit sulphuric with some burnt popcorn. Fruit is fairly subdued throughout...more grilled buttered pineapple and cashew. Out of the two, this definitely appeals to the French crowd. Thanks for the intro to this @Benjamin Keator ! — 4 days ago

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Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

Consumed alongside a 2013 DuMOL clare, this wine appears to have more rounded edges on the finish and is a bigger wine overall but still rather acidic on the opening. But it is still improving and has a lot of time left to figure itself out. There is a little bit of truffle here. Starts with good aged fruits, but dang if I know what they were...3 rounds and I'm still a bit perplexed. Maybe an oregano and basil plantain? Honeydew that has been sitting out a bit too long yet you are still compelled because it is so good! This wine has some structure, and will continue developing for 10+ years.
9.3
Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

@Shay A we'll try a 1979 Santa Cruz Cabernet at next April 4th Friday!
Shay A

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@Mark Flesher : Can’t wait!

Varner

Amphitheater Block Spring Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

Jasmine Hirsch
9.0

California night on the California coast, part 1. — 4 days ago

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Ridge Vineyards

Estate Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2004

Great to try a well-aged Ridge. Interesting nose of dark fruit and forest floor. The tannins are well resolved but the pallet is lacking a little punch. — 7 hours ago

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Rhys Vineyards

Horseshoe Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

Rich, butterscotch, silky texture. Meursault like. Don’t know another California winemaker making Chardonnay like this. Five years too early. — 3 days ago

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Alan Weinberg

Alan Weinberg

the only domestic list I am on—great wine. Very Meursault, as you noted.
Manny Abascal

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I agree. Do you have older vintages? I have some 08 but even those are young.
Alan Weinberg

Alan Weinberg

been buying since the first vintage, mostly the Chardonnays.

Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2013

One Wine Advocate’s latest 💯 pointers, curiosity got the best of me and it paid off, intoxicatingly fragrantly fantastically great for such a young Ridge.
Their first 100 pointer since 92
— 14 days ago

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This is a Cali icon. Sadly, I can’t afford too much (if any) of the Montebello...
Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bum

Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bum

I used to drink this back in the 90’s, this is the best early drinking Montebello I’ve had, you gotta at least get 2 bottles, 1 to drink early 1 to keep. Use all the cash that you saved on buying novellum instead of Hobbs
Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bum

Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bum

Better on day 1, day 2 it closed up.

Varner

Upper Picnic Block Spring Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir

2014, I'm guessing mostly Pommard clone here, great fruit tannin and acidity hiding behind that. What an amazing find. Cranberry and earl grey tea. — 5 days ago

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Mount Eden Vineyards

Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

This is entering a beautiful drinking window. After about a two hour decant, the nose really blossoms with cherry, mulberry, and milk chocolate. Medium-bodied with excellent mid-palate intensity. The texture is plush, though with some nice tannic grip. No hurry to drink these. — 13 days ago

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@Eric LaMasters i find it crazy gray the 2006 are still aging and the 2007 are mature or even at the end of their window - great note

Lioco

Savaria Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Subtle and balanced. Good lift, fruit driven and in a very nice zone. Solid intro to this producer. My guess is this is an early drinker so get to it. — 23 days ago

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Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson

@Bill Bender - I enjoy the Lioco wines, particularly the Chards. Good folks too. Anyone in Healdsburg on the last Friday of the month should check out the “Lioco Lunch” at Barndiva.
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Great to hear @Steve Anderson I got this bottle from my neighbor Jessica and her sister Sara is apparently one of the owners. Small world.

Big Basin Vineyards

Rattlesnake Rock Syrah 2004

This wine is amazing right now. Graphite is in the nose. Lots of ripe fruit - cherry , baked blueberry, warm baking spice along with hoisin sauce laden with soy overtones-green strawberry on the outer rim. Think Texas bar-b-q sauce with blueberry overtones. Tannins are present and wrapped up with the fruit. Excellent wine. — 11 days ago

Tessier Winery

Saveria Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

V nice, Santa Cruz fruit — 3 days ago

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