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Savory Ripeness in Santa Cruz Mountain Cabernet


Ridge vineyards’ Monte Bello vineyard above the fog line in the Santa Cruz mountains
Photograph by Robert Holmes

“There’s only one appellation in California that I know of that grows the Bordeaux varieties at elevation on the coast,” says Jeffrey Patterson, “and that’s the Santa Cruz Mountains.” Patterson has been making wine at Mount Eden Vineyards since the early 1980s, dry farming vines in the region’s rocky, ridge-top…

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This story appears in the print issue of December 2021.
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