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  1. Leo Steen Cabernet Franc Santa Cruz Mountains Ascona Vineyard 2017
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    93 Points! The 2017 Cabernet Franc Ascona Vineyard is one of the most distinctive wines in Leo Steen's range. Powerful and explosive, it packs a real punch in its dark fruit, sage, tobacco, espresso and licorice flavors. The 2017 is a dark, imposing wine, and yet it also has quite a bit of varietal character. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media Learn More
  2. Birichino Grenache Besson Vineyard Vignes Centenaires 2017
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    109-year-old vines in Santa Clara Valley, just east of the eastern edge of Santa Cruz Mountains. The guys really seem to have fun making these wines. This one gets about 10% dried, and then a long maceration. Pale rose red. Perfumed and delicate with real lift and more than a hint of Gredos Garnacha. Transparent in every way with quite a bit of structure hiding underneath the perfume. Good fruity core. Long. A real success!" - Jancis Robinson MW Learn More
  3. Trail Marker Chardonnay Quink Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains 2017
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    93 Points! A new wine in this range, the 2017 Chardonnay Quink Vineyard is bright, fresh and wonderfully nuanced, with lovely floral notes that add energy throughout. Lemon peel, almond, white flowers and mint are all finely knit in this very pretty, understated Chardonnay. Next to the Chapel Hill, the Quink has a bit more freshness and overall verve. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media Learn More
  4. Bedrock Under The Mountain Heritage Wine Santa Clara County 2017
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    This amazing survivor vineyard is indeed “under the mountain,” or more accurately right under the Santa Cruz Mountains. Located in the hills west of Morgan Hill and just north of Hecker Pass, the vineyard lies in a region once heavily planted to vines. Most of the original plantings in the area have given way to housing, shopping malls and the other needs of the sprawling south Bay Area, which makes this vineyard, nestled in the hills, so unique. Farmed by the Gregory family, the vineyard is planted predominately to Zinfandel and Carignan, though some Petite Sirah, Muscat and others exist on the site as well. The small amount of wine we are able to make off the site is defined by beautiful mountain acidity, fresh fruit and aromatics that pop out of the glass. - Morgan Twain-Peterson Learn More
  5. Rhys Vineyards Alesia Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains 2016
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    92 Points!  The 2016 Alesia Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains is superb, unfurling in the glass with notes of fresh pear, preserved citrus, lemon oil and a light framing of smoky reduction. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, concentrated and tensile, built around a racy line of acidity and concluding with a saline finish that's almost searingly stony. This represents a notable change of pace after the more rounded, giving Anderson Valley Alesia bottling and marks this out as one of the keenest values in the Rhys portfolio. Follow it for a decade, perhaps more. - William Kelley, robertparker.com
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  6. Sarah's Vineyard Pinot Noir Santa Clara Valley 2016
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    92 Points!  This red offers a deft mix of dried red cherry, berry and crushed red plum flavors supported by medium-grained tannins and fresh acidity. Turns plush midpalate, followed by a finish filled with suave minerality. Drink now through 2023. - Wine Spectator
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  7. Calera Chardonnay Mount Harlan 2016
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    93+ Points! The 2016 Chardonnay Mt Harlan from Calera is excellent, wafting from the glass with notes of yellow orchard fruit, citrus blossom and blanched almonds. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, ample and elegantly textural, with lovely tension, chalky grip and a pure, stony finish. This is a beautifully balanced offering from Calera that still feels tightly coiled, and I wouldn't be surprised if my score comes to look conservative. - William Kelley, Wine Advocate
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  8. Domaine Eden Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains 2015
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    91+ Points!  The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is bold and pungent in the glass. An explosion of aromatics and fruit that makes a strong opening statement. Savory herb, leather, smoke, tobacco and licorice add shades of nuance to the dark fleshed fruit. The firm tannins need time to soften, but the 2015 is unquestionably a winner. Moreover, from a value perspective, the 2015 is impossible to beat within the context of CA Cabernet Sauvignon. Yields are down a whopping 50%.
     
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  9. Mount Eden Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Santa Cruz Mountains 2014
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    97 Points! One of the finest vintages of this cuvée I’ve tasted, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a thrill a minute with its fabulous bouquet of crème de cassis, charcoal embers, spice, and subtle vanilla oak aromas and flavors. Possessing medium to full body, an incredibly layered, seamless texture, moderate acidity, and present, ripe tannins, it has some upfront charm given its purity of fruit and texture, but deserves 3-4 years of bottle age and is going to keep for two decades. This beauty rivals Ridge’s Monte Bello and is an incredible example of Cabernet Sauvignon grown in this mountain terroir. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com Learn More
  10. Varner Pinot Noir Spring Ridge Vineyard Picnic Block 2014
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    93 Points!  The 2014 Pinot Noir Picnic Block is bold, powerful and beautifully resonant on the palate. Succulent red cherry and plum fruit is nicely pushed forward, with pretty floral and savory notes that add striking aromatic complexity. There is lovely depth and texture to this pungent, racy Pinot Noir from Bob and Jim Varner. Beams of tannin underpin the subtle yet persistent, structured finish.
     
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  11. Varner Pinot Noir Spring Ridge Vineyard Hidden Block 2014
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    93 Points!  The 2014 Pinot Noir Hidden Block is the most immediate and dense of the four Pinots in the Varner range. A core of sweet red cherry and plum fruit fills out the wine's mid-weight frame effortlessly. Round, pliant and totally seductive, the 2014 has a lot to offer, including tons of near and medium-term appeal.
     
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  12. Varner Pinot Noir Three Blocks Spring Ridge Vineyard 2014
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    94 Points!  Gracious, elegant and absolutely impeccable in its balance, the 2014 Pinot Noir Three Blocks is terrific. The blend of vineyard sites works especially well in yielding a wine that is wonderfully complete. Sweet red cherry, tobacco and rose petal notes give the 2014 its bright, energetic feel. Deceptive in its mid-weight structure, the 2014 also packs a serious punch. In other words, there is a lot of wine here.
     
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  13. Varner Pinot Noir Spring Ridge Vineyard Upper Picnic 2014
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    95 Points! Wafting from the glass with notes of ripe red cherries, cassis, dried flowers and subtle hints of pencil shavings, the 2014 Pinot Noir Upper Picnic Block is beautifully supple, satiny and medium to full-bodied on the palate, with an ample and expansive core of sweet, ripe fruit that's balanced by succulent acids and plenty of incipient savory complexity. It's a beautifully balanced, giving wine and a superb valedictory vintage for the Varner brothers. Drink it now or over the next decade. - William Kelley, Wine Advocate
     
     
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  14. Domaine Eden Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains 2014
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    92 Points! Showing a deep gold color, the 2014 Chardonnay (57% declassified Mount Eden Fruit, aged 10 months in 35% new barrels) offers lots of orchard fruits and buttered citrus, terrific minerality and reductive notes, medium-bodied richness and a silky texture. It has bright acidity, and while it doesn't quite have the balance and finesse of the Mount Eden Chardonnay releases, it is a terrific Chardonnay.  - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
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  15. Partage Pinot Noir Saveria Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains 2014
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    92 Points!  The 2014 Pinot Noir Saveria Vineyard is dark, plush and inviting, yet remains very much in the mid-weight style favored by proprietor Mark Bright. Dark red cherry, new leather, blood orange and spice flesh out as this succulent, expressive Pinot shows off its distinctive personality. A hint of white pepper adds aromatic lift on the finish. This is very nicely done.  Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, July 2016
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  16. Partage Chardonnay Regan Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains 2014
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    Winery notes: This vineyard is farmed by John Bargetto, Regan is a great high elevation vineyard in Corralitos. The soils here are loamy/clay with some very rocky sections as it sits hillside and has great influence from the Monterey bay. This wine has bright acidity and citrus tones, lemon and lime. Learn More
  17. Ridge Monte Bello 1995
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    97 Points!  The 1995 Monte Bello is powerful, bright and incisive. At twenty years of age, the 1995 retains gorgeous, refreshing acidity that gives the wine lift and energy. The 1995 is a brooding Monte Bello, with darker tonalities of fruit and accompanying notes of smoke, licorice, spice, menthol, tobacco and cedar. Although the 1995 is striking today, it could also use more time in bottle, as it remains a touch compact and austere, especially next to the 2012 and 2002 tasted alongside it. Readers who enjoy cool, mineral and savory inflected Cabernets will adore the 1995, a wine that will drink well for another 20 years. Vineyard manager David Gates describes 1995 as a cool, relaxed, late ripening season that yielded small berries with elevated tannins. A second recent bottle was a bit more open and ample. Either way, the 1995 Monte Bello is a remarkably vivid, expressive wine that has a long life ahead of it.  Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, July 2016
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  18. Martin Ray Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains 2013
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    Only $39.98 at checkout!  Santa Cruz Mountains is a serious buzzword right now for Cabernet fans, especially with the re-resurgence (did it ever leave?)  in popularity of Ridge Monte Bello. This powerhouse Cabernet mostly comes from the Fellom Ranch, home to a number of mid-90's scoring Cabernets from Arnot-Roberts as well as the vineyard literally next door to the famed Monte Bello. Put this one in your shopping cart to see an even lower price! Amazing deal...
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  19. Arnot-Roberts Chardonnay Trout Gulch Santa Cruz Mountains 2015
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    96 Points! The grapes from this extraordinary vineyard are at 240m altitude and just 6km from the Pacific Ocean, making it one of California’s coolest Chardonnay sites. From Wente clones planted in the 1980s, this wine shows tremendous tension and elegance, with taut tropical fruit, saline, oyster shell complexity, a refined palate and beautiful length. - Decanter Magazine Learn More
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