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Red wines : Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA)


Astonishingly, given the hardships of viticulture in the Santa Cruz Mountains, this appellation hosts some of North America’s elite wineries. Rugged mountains, thin soils, high land prices and Pierce’s disease (not to mention, earthquakes!) are among the challenges which grape growers face. Yet more than fifty wineries operate here, producing wines that include well-regarded Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. The appellation is large, crossing the borders of three counties (Santa Cruz, Santa Clara and San Mateo). However, with less than 1500 acres under vine, the Santa Cruz Mountain AVA is small compared to similarly recognized appellations. Microclimates are particularly important here, as the climate can change substantially depending on which side of the range and at what elevation vineyards lay. The coolest climates are at the lower elevations on the Pacific side. In this environment, vineyards which can be as low as 800 feet (most are closer to 2,000 feet) are greatly affected by ocean winds and fog, making varietal selection critical. Low-lying inland vineyards are generally the warmest in the appellation, but still benefit from the moderating effects of San Francisco Bay.

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Ridge - Klein Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Ridge - Klein Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
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Domaine Eden - Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Domaine Eden - Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
1 review   
Storrs - St. Clare Vineyard 2007
Storrs - St. Clare Vineyard 2007
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
1 review   
Ridge - Monte Bello 2012
Ridge - Monte Bello 2012
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
Ridge - Klein Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Ridge - Klein Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
David Bruce Pinot Noir Estate 2007
David Bruce Pinot Noir Estate 2007
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
Wine.com :  Red Wine by David Bruce from Russian River, California....
Rhys Vineyards - Pinot Noir Alpine Hillside 2007
Rhys Vineyards - Pinot Noir Alpine Hillside 2007
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
RP  96
Rhys Vineyards - Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard 2007
Rhys Vineyards - Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard 2007
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
RP  93
Rhys Vineyards - Pinot Noir Horseshoe Ranch 100Cases 2007
Rhys Vineyards - Pinot Noir Horseshoe Ranch 100Cases 2007
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
RP  93
Rhys Vineyards - Pinot Noir Swan Terrace 2007
Rhys Vineyards - Pinot Noir Swan Terrace 2007
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
RP  91
Rhys Vineyards - Syrah Horseshoe Ranch Vineyard 2007
Rhys Vineyards - Syrah Horseshoe Ranch Vineyard 2007
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
RP  93
Rhys Vineyards - Syrah Skyline Vineyard 2007
Rhys Vineyards - Syrah Skyline Vineyard 2007
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
RP  94
Ridge - Monte Bello 2007
Ridge - Monte Bello 2007
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
Wine.com :  Red Wine by Ridge from Santa Cruz Mountains, California....
Big Basin Vineyards Syrah Mandala 2006
Big Basin Vineyards Syrah Mandala 2006
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
RP  89
Big Basin Vineyards Syrah Rattlesnake Rock 2006
Big Basin Vineyards Syrah Rattlesnake Rock 2006
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
RP  91
Bonny Doon - Ca'Del Solo Sangiovese 2006
Bonny Doon - Ca'Del Solo Sangiovese 2006
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
Mount Eden - Pinot Noir Estate 2006
Mount Eden - Pinot Noir Estate 2006
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
RP  89
Rhys Vineyards - Pinot Noir Alpine Hillside 2006
Rhys Vineyards - Pinot Noir Alpine Hillside 2006
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
RP  94
Ridge - Monte Bello 2006
Ridge - Monte Bello 2006
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
Wine.com :  Red Wine by Ridge from Santa Cruz Mountains, California....
Big Basin Vineyards - Syrah Mandala Rattlesnake Rock 2005
Big Basin Vineyards - Syrah Mandala Rattlesnake Rock 2005
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
RP  92
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