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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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  • 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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  • Alfaro Family Trout Gulch Vineyard Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2015 Front Label
    Alfaro Family Trout Gulch Vineyard Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2015
    Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    • Alfaro Family Estate Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2015 Front Label
      Alfaro Family Estate Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2015
      Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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      • Alfaro Family A Estate Syrah 2015  Front Label
        Alfaro Family A Estate Syrah 2015
        Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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        • Ghostwriter Amaya Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
          Ghostwriter Amaya Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015
          Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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