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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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  • Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello 2012 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012  Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Rhys Vineyards Horseshoe Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Rhys Vineyards Horseshoe Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Rhys Vineyards Skyline Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Rhys Vineyards Skyline Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir 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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    • RP90
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  • Rhys Vineyards Alpine Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum - OWC) 2012 Front Label
    Rhys Vineyards Alpine Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum - OWC) 2012
    Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Rhys Vineyards Alpine Vineyard Pinot Noir (stained labels) 2012 Front Label
    Rhys Vineyards Alpine Vineyard Pinot Noir (stained labels) 2012
    Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Rhys Vineyards Skyline Vineyard Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Rhys Vineyards Skyline Vineyard Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Rhys Vineyards Alpine Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012  Front Label
    Rhys Vineyards Alpine Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    • Rhys Vineyards Horseshoe Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5L Magnum) 2012  Front Label
      Rhys Vineyards Horseshoe Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5L Magnum) 2012
      Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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      • Rhys Vineyards Horseshoe Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5L Magnum - OWC) 2012  Front Label
        Rhys Vineyards Horseshoe Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5L Magnum - OWC) 2012
        Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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        • Rhys Vineyards Bearwallow Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
          Rhys Vineyards Bearwallow Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
          Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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        • Rhys Vineyards Family Farm Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
          Rhys Vineyards Family Farm Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
          Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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