Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay

Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 1992

Opaque. Dark and brooding tawny to the rim. Fragrant seductive nose. Notes of black cherry, sweet plums, dark soil, moist forest bark and old tree leaves. With air some cherry pie filling, cracked nuts, mocha and a little clove appear. Rich and silky in the mouth. Smooth. Long finish. Still young. Really good wine. — 8 days ago

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Kutch Wines

Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2014

i admittedly have an affinity for wines from this site. this bottle showed very nicely -- super impressive. shimmering medium yellow. great texture and tension. a little matchstick but not too much after a decant. bright acid. i slightly preferred the 2016 AR trout gulch but this is an excellent wine. — a month ago

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Alfaro Family

Alfaro Family Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Oh man. A bit reductive right out, but blows off quick. Beautiful light palate with wonderful acidity to carry. Light smoky edge but good red fruit at the top. Saline, and good texture in the middle. Silky tannins with an angular structure that suggests whole cluster without the phenolic load. Unbeatable at this price. — a day ago

Rhys Vineyards

Alpine Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

Wow. Why can’t more American chardonnays be like this? Stunning, this evolved in the glass, just wonderfully ethereal, burg style but on its own terms. Lemon curd, great acid, minerals, slight oak, medium finish. Pure class. — 20 days ago

Judy WagonfeldAlsu ShakirovaJim Wagonfeld
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Judy

Judy

great with chicken

Martin Ray

Reserve Bald Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay 2010

John Howard
9.4

Btw Delectable, this is the reserve bald mountain chard from Ben Lomond in the Santa Cruz mountains. Holy crap this is beautiful. Reminds us of Mount Eden. — 2 days ago

Scott, Shay and 9 others liked this

Mount Eden Vineyards

Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Oak and leather on nose, full body, mild tannins, dry. Complex palate with notes of coffee and dark fruits. — 4 days ago

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Alfaro Family

Trout Gulch Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

Really exquisite SCM pinot, initially just a smidge reductive but quickly gaining definition and fruit intensity with air. Resinous and red-fruited, showing cherry, raspberry, and juniper character that's wickedly pure and lent an additional measure of length and piquancy by a wicked streak of salty minerality and nori-ish stem-influences vegetality from what I assume is at least a bit of whole cluster. New oak adds a little structure on the finish. Give it 2-3 years to burn through some of that rubbery reduction and then enjoy it under any circumstances possible. — a day ago

Birichino

Lilo Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

A little hot 🥵 out of the bottle. Calmed down and really showed off after about an hour. I really love this Santa Cruz wine and all the fruit that pops. — 8 days ago

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Our friend John is a partner and co-winemaker in this project.
Stuart Scheff

Stuart Scheff

Great juice
David T

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I’ll pass on your thoughts to him. Good vine and priced right.

Rhys Vineyards

Horseshoe Vineyard Syrah 2014

Tighter than prior bottle and had same length of decant. Blackberries, moss, coffee beans, herbs, and pepper. Good stuff but stuffing to wait to drink the rest. — 12 days ago

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Varner

Spring Ridge Vineyard Home Block Chardonnay 2014

Still some oak on the nose. Nice fruit on the palate but not too much. Mild pineapple. Good acidity. Some heat peeking out (14%) but not too much. Most people wouldn’t notice it. All in all not bad. You can do better in burgundy for fifty bucks but This is nice. — a day ago