Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay

Arnot-Roberts

Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2014

Candied (but barely) lemon is a fair tasting note. It still has that puckering acidity that is so distinctive

Drank side by side w the Ceritas TG ‘14. Nose was quite similar on both but they diverge on the palate
— a day ago

John, Shay and 2 others liked this

Thomas Fogarty

Rapley Trail Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

Another impressive PN from the Santa Cruz Mountains. I’m beginning to believe that this is, in fact, the best area for Pinot in all of California. Yes, even better than the Sonoma Coast. This wasn’t as interesting or nuanced as McHenry but it’s still distinctive in very positive ways. Good amount of wild strawberries and some darker forest fruits with some pie spice, forest floor and finishes with that characteristic acid that I absolutely love. — 2 days ago

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Varner

Three Blocks Spring Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

Ruby with fresh fruit aromas layering in floral and earthy spice scents, aged in 25% new oak. On the palate cherry flavors with spicy tobacco leaf notes, zesty in style. Fine tannins, great mouthfeel texture, lingering ending with and earthy character which you can almost taste the soil. Age worthy! Nice! — 5 days ago

Daniel P. and Matt liked this

Mount Eden Vineyards

Estate Bottled Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2011

Shiny brass in a glass.
Medium bodied, viscous swirl.
Piney grass, mountain pass.
Buttered fig, mouthful whirl.

92+ points
— 4 days ago

P, David and 1 other liked this

Rhys Vineyards

Horseshoe Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

Highly perfumed, dark berries, licorice and a extremely long finish...what a wine! This is so good... — 7 days ago

Shay, Ron and 12 others liked this

Left Bend

Fiz Nat Sparkling Rosé of Syrah

I really liked this SC sparkler of Pinot. Fruit shows nicely. — 5 days ago

Bryan, P and 6 others liked this

Ridge Vineyards

Estate Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2008

Purple opaque color; nose of dense cassis and tobacco aromatics. In the mouth rich flavors of black fruits and vanillin oak followed by rich intense aftertaste. Not yet ready at 11 years of age. Will taste again in 5 years. Despite its youthfulness it is an awesome wine now. Had it with beef Filet mignon . Excellent wine. — 7 days ago

Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 1978

Reddish tawny color. Bright and translucent, lots of sediment. Silky nose. Notes of sweet currants, herbs, cedar box and plums. Perfectly balanced fruit and structure with integrated tannins. Boyz all guessed old world eg Latour. Fun to throw a ringer at them. (Bday dinner 11/13) — 14 days ago

Conrad, Eric and 13 others liked this

Kutch Wines

Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2014

Like a grand cru Chablis but needs some time — 5 days ago

Douglas, P and 12 others liked this

Ceritas

Trout Gulch Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

Love this wine. Saline, lemon and grapefruit rind, stony. Great energy and tension. A bit of that old barrel Chablis character. I would say I’m not sure it has the stuffing to age a very long time but should remain delicious for the next 5yrs

Side by side w AR trout gulch 2014
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