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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 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay 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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  • Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Kathryn Kennedy Small Lot Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
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    • Domaine Eden Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
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    • Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
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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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