Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay

Kathryn Kennedy

Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon 1996

Nose has blackberry jam spread on older, tanned leather, under-ripe cherry, green CT Valley tobacco, ripe blueberry, whole vanilla bean and wet soil.

Palate has dried blackberry, ripe black cherry, slight oak barrel notes, unsweetened blueberry jam with just a touch of (alcohol, only 13.3%) heat on a long, satisfying finish. Tannins are mostly resolved, can hold this bottle until a 30th birthday under proper storage conditions, but our last bottle.

Beautiful wine, fantastically paired with a Belgian-style beef stew over top of Parmesan polenta.
— 6 days ago

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David T

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What did Frank sing? My kinda town. Nice hold.
Severn Goodwin

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Yes, super nice spot for this bottle tonight, although I wish we held out for another couple years. Can't sit on everything forever!

Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 1991

Bright color, almost opaque. Big nose. Notes of black cherries, plums, walnuts, some menthol. Comes across as young in the mouth. Rich and voluptuous. Still young in its life. Amazing wine. — 20 days ago

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Incredible

Kathryn Kennedy

Contra La Marea Tempranillo Blend 2008

Excellent rib wine. Wish I had more. — 6 days ago

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Rhys Vineyards

Horseshoe Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

Nose still has some fruit of youth, through it has darkened from what it likely was and is showing funk too. Beautiful, enveloping, alluring. Palette is quite tertiary and with dried fruits, baking spices, herbs. Bright med+ acid. This needed some air to waken. — 14 days ago

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Bryan Kesting

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@Aaron Rankin: great wine!

Ridge Vineyards

Estate Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Blend 2009

Wow. This is still very youthful by most standards. Berry pie, mild oak, floral, herbal note. Silky smooth tannin leads the way to rich dark fruit and spice/cracked pepper. Good lengthy finish too. Still bright and brooding at 10 years old. Better than anticipated. — 19 days ago

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Arnot-Roberts

Trout Gulch Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

I swear that in a blind tasting you would call this Chablis! and this is a 2014! I just wish I had another bottle to age for10 or so years: pure mineral deliciousness!! — 20 days ago

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Rhys Vineyards

Skyline Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

First Skyline bottling and it lived up to the hype. Complex and beautiful and built for age. — 6 days ago

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Ceritas

Peter Martin Ray Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

Taut, saline, just ripe yellow fruit, wet rocks, struck stone, beaming acidity, love the finesse of texture here. There’s some serious tension, appears to be a more linear expression of PMR right now. I love it but it will be smashing when it begins to uncoil. Favorite vineyard in the Ceritas CH program for me and a highlight of 2016 harvest there. — 3 days ago

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Mount Eden Vineyards

Estate Bottled Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2012

Zesty and bright. Sharp lemon and zippy middle. Big and brassy and fun — 18 days ago

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Big Basin Vineyards

Rattlesnake Rock Syrah 2012

8 years old, fruit is still very relevant, tannin playful, dark notes with a hint of graphite, long life ahead. — 16 days ago

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