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Santa Cruz Mountains

Santa Cruz Mountains AVA includes high elevation territory in the counties of Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Mateo. The AVA follows the coast line from San Francisco to Monterey with elevations from 400 feet to 3,000 feet above sea level. There are 1,500 vineyard acres and the AVA was established in 1981. Despite the challenging terrain in these rugged mountains and hills, highly esteemed wineries have been located here since the early 20th century, when Paul Masson, a Frenchman by birth, started making sparkling wine in the area. By the 1970s vineyards were growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Numerous microclimates within the AVA offer viticulturists diverse growing conditions, and many varietals are grown successfully.

2016 Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

VN  94   
JS  94   
JD  94+    
WS  92   
JR  17+    
4 available
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1967 Ridge Monte Bello

Capsule condition issue; top shoulder fill; heavy label condition issue

1967 Ridge Monte Bello

Capsule condition issue; mid shoulder fill; label condition issue

1985 Ridge Monte Bello

Light capsule condition issue; very top shoulder fill; light label condition issue

WS  95   
ST  95   
RP  94   

1998 Ridge Monte Bello

WA  91   
JR  17   

1999 Ridge Monte Bello

Light label condition issue

WS  92   
ST  92+    
JR  18   
DE  ****   

2004 Ridge Monte Bello

JR  19   
VN  93   
RP  91   
ST  91-94   

2011 Ridge Monte Bello

Light capsule condition issue; elevated cork; signs of past seepage; base neck fill; light label condition issue

VN  94   
WA  93-95   

2015 Ridge Monte Bello

VN  98+    

2017 Ridge Monte Bello

JD  100   
WA  98-100   
VN  97+    
WS  96   
WS  #77 of 2020   

2018 Ridge Monte Bello

JS  97   
VN  96+    
WA  94-97+    

2020 Ridge Monte Bello

2013 Rhys Alpine Hillside Pinot Noir

WA  96   
VN  96   
BH  92   
JR  18   
2 available
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2016 Rhys Alpine Hillside Pinot Noir

1.5ltr

JD  98   
WA  97+    
VN  94   
BH  92   
2 available
Bid *

2017 Rhys Alpine Hillside Pinot Noir

JD  98   
WA  95   
VN  94+    
5 available
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2017 Rhys Alpine Hillside Pinot Noir

JD  98   
WA  95   
VN  94+    

2018 Rhys Alpine Hillside Pinot Noir

JD  100   
VN  97   
JR  18.5   

2018 Rhys Alpine Hillside Pinot Noir

1.5ltr

JD  100   
VN  97   
JR  18.5   
2 available
Bid *

2019 Rhys Alpine Hillside Pinot Noir

1.5ltr

VN  96   
JD  96+    

2017 Rhys Alpine Hillside Pinot Noir

1-bottle Lot, Wood Case, 1.5ltr

JD  98   
WA  95   
VN  94+    

2017 Rhys Alpine Vineyard Chardonnay

Lightly elevated cork

JD  99   
VN  95   
WA  94   

2019 Rhys Alpine Vineyard Chardonnay

VN  96   
JD  95   
JG  92+    
2 available
Bid *

2019 Rhys Alpine Vineyard Chardonnay

1.5ltr

VN  96   
JD  95   
JG  92+    

2021 Rhys Alpine Vineyard Chardonnay

1.5ltr

VN  98   
WE  97   

2016 Rhys Alpine Vineyard Pinot Noir

1.5ltr

WA  95   
VN  95   
BH  93