The Underrated, Great Growing Region

Many years ago I headed up a statistical study of the "Wine Spectator’s Palate". I looked at scores, appellations, price, etc. And this was before the days of the Internet when cut and paste made such inquiries much easier.

However, the most interesting piece of information gleaned from the study, done around 1995, was that the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation wines reviewed by the Spectator received the highest average scores on an appellation by appellation basis.

Today the SF Chronicle Wine Section takes a taste of Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnays. Among the best are the Ridge and the Mount Eden Vineyard Chards. I can attest to the quality of the Ridge Chardonnays. Although best known for their Zins and blends and Monte Bello Red, one of the best Chardonnays Ive ever put in my mouth was their Monte Bello Chardonnay.

It’s nice to see this appellation getting attention

Posted In: Terroir


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