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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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  • Alfaro Family Trout Gulch Vineyard Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Alfaro Family Trout Gulch Vineyard Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    • Vine Hill Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
      Vine Hill Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2009
      Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    • Ghostwriter Amaya Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
      Ghostwriter Amaya Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014
      Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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      • Ghostwriter Aptos Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
        Ghostwriter Aptos Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
        Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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        • Clos de la Tech Santa Cruz Mountains Estates Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
          Clos de la Tech Santa Cruz Mountains Estates Pinot Noir 2010
          Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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        • Clos de la Tech Santa Cruz Mountains Estates Pinot Noir 2014  Front Label
          Clos de la Tech Santa Cruz Mountains Estates Pinot Noir 2014
          Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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        • Alfaro Family A Estate Syrah 2019  Front Label
          Alfaro Family A Estate Syrah 2019
          Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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          • Big Basin Grizzly Red Blend 2012 Front Label
            Big Basin Grizzly Red Blend 2012
            Rhone Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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          • Big Basin Rattlesnake Rock Syrah 2004 Front Label
            Big Basin Rattlesnake Rock Syrah 2004
            Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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          • Alfaro Family Estate Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
            Alfaro Family Estate 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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          • Alfaro Family A Estate Syrah 2016  Front Label
            Alfaro Family A Estate Syrah 2016
            Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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            • Big Basin Coastview Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
              Big Basin Coastview Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
              Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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              • Alfaro Family A Estate Syrah 2017  Front Label
                Alfaro Family A Estate Syrah 2017
                Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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                • Big Basin Lester Family Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
                  Big Basin Lester Family Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014
                  Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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                • Big Basin Santa Cruz Mountains Syrah 2014 Front Label
                  Big Basin Santa Cruz Mountains Syrah 2014
                  Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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                • Big Basin Santa Cruz Mountains Syrah 2017  Front Label
                  Big Basin Santa Cruz Mountains Syrah 2017
                  Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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                • Alfaro Family Estate Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
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                  • Alfaro Family Trout Gulch Vineyard Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
                    Alfaro Family Trout Gulch Vineyard Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2018
                    Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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                  • Alfaro Family Cremant de Corralitos Sparkling Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
                    Alfaro Family Cremant de Corralitos Sparkling Pinot Noir 2014
                    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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                    • Alfaro Family Estate Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
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                      • Kathryn Kennedy Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
                        Kathryn Kennedy Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
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                        • Ghostwriter Amaya Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
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                          • Alfaro Family A Estate Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
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