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White 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 Estate Chardonnay 2009
Ridge Estate Chardonnay 2009
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
Wine.com :  White Wine by Ridge from Santa Cruz Mountains, California....
Bonny Doon - Le Vol Des Anges 2007
Bonny Doon - Le Vol Des Anges 2007
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
Rhys Vineyards - Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard 2007
Rhys Vineyards - Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard 2007
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
RP  92
Rhys Vineyards - Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard 2007
Rhys Vineyards - Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard 2007
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
RP  94
Bonny Doon - Le Vol Des Anges 2006
Bonny Doon - Le Vol Des Anges 2006
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
Mount Eden - Chardonnay Saratoga Cuvee 2006
Mount Eden - Chardonnay Saratoga Cuvee 2006
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
RP  89
Neeley - Chardonnay Holly's Cuvée 2006
Neeley - Chardonnay Holly's Cuvée 2006
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
RP  94
Rhys Vineyards - Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard 2006
Rhys Vineyards - Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard 2006
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
RP  92
Varner - Chardonnay Home Block Spring Ridge Vineyard 2006
Varner - Chardonnay Home Block Spring Ridge Vineyard 2006
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
RP  93
Varner Chardonnay Amphitheater Block Spring Ridge Vineyard 2006
Varner Chardonnay Amphitheater Block Spring Ridge Vineyard 2006
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
RP  91
Varner Chardonnay Bee Block Spring Ridge Vineyard 2006
Varner Chardonnay Bee Block Spring Ridge Vineyard 2006
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
RP  93
Mount Eden - Chardonnay Estate 2005
Mount Eden - Chardonnay Estate 2005
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
RP  96
Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vyd 2005
Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vyd 2005
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
RP  91
Rhys Vineyards - Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard 2005
Rhys Vineyards - Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard 2005
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
RP  91
Varner Chardonnay Amphitheater Block Spring Ridge Vineyard 2005
Varner Chardonnay Amphitheater Block Spring Ridge Vineyard 2005
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
RP  94
Varner Chardonnay Bee Block Spring Ridge Vineyard 2005
Varner Chardonnay Bee Block Spring Ridge Vineyard 2005
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
RP  94
Varner Chardonnay Home Vineyard 2005
Varner Chardonnay Home Vineyard 2005
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
RP  95
Varner Chardonnay Neely Holly's Cuvee 2005
Varner Chardonnay Neely Holly's Cuvee 2005
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
RP  92
Mount Eden - Chardonnay Estate 2004
Mount Eden - Chardonnay Estate 2004
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
RP  95
Mount Eden - Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains 2004
Mount Eden - Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains 2004
Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA) (California, United States)
Top 100 Wine Spectator 2008: Rank 13, score 94
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