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Santa Cruz Mountains Wine California

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A rugged and topographically diverse cool-climate appellation with a rich history, the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA stretches from Half Moon Bay, just south of San Francisco, to the northern border of Monterey County. Elevations range from 800 feet to upwards of 3,000 and microclimates vary substantially depending on which side of the mountains the vineyards lie; cool ocean winds and fog play an important role here. This can be a challenging region in which to grow grapes, but it is well worth the effort. Santa Cruz Mountains wines are noted for balanced acidity levels, often showing great aging potential. Wine has been made here since the 1800s, most notably from the legendary Ridge Vineyards, whose Monte Bello vineyard garners international admiration.

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are the stars of this region, while Merlot and Zinfandel also perform quite well. Organic and sustainable vineyard practices are becoming increasingly common.

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  • Ridge Monte Bello 2016  Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Kathryn Kennedy Small Lot Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Kathryn Kennedy Small Lot Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    • Domaine Eden Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
      Domaine Eden Chardonnay 2015
      Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    • Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
      Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2015
      Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    • Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
      Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    • Ridge Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
      Ridge Estate Chardonnay 2018
      Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    • Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML Half-bottle) 2016 Front Label
      Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML Half-bottle) 2016
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    • Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
      Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir 2016
      Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    • Big Basin Lester Family Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
      Big Basin Lester Family Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
      Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    • Domaine Eden Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
      Domaine Eden Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
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    • Martin Ray Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
      Martin Ray Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    • Domaine Eden Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
      Domaine Eden Pinot Noir 2016
      Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    • Lioco Saveria Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
      Lioco Saveria Pinot Noir 2016
      Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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      • Ridge Estate Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
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      • Thomas Fogarty Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2014 Front Label
        Thomas Fogarty Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2014
        Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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      • Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016 Front Label
        Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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      • Arnot-Roberts Trout Gulch Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
        Arnot-Roberts Trout Gulch Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
        Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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      • Rhys Vineyards Alesia Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
        Rhys Vineyards Alesia Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2016
        Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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      • Kathryn Kennedy Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
        Kathryn Kennedy Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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      • Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Front Label
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      • Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014  Front Label
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        Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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