The Renaissance Grape:
Pinot Noir Raises the Stature of the Santa Cruz Mountains
"The best people, like the best wines, come from the hills." ~ Edward Abbey
November 20, 2008
inemaking in the Santa Cruz Mountains has always included Chardonnay, Cabernet and Pinot Noir. Much has been written about Ridge Vineyards and Cabernet, but it is truly Pinot Noir that has captured the hearts and imaginations of all who toil in the steep, gnarly vineyards set among wild, redwood-covered mountains that make an uneasy peace with the sea below. Like a vaguely glimpsed muse of inspiration, Pinot Noir has rendered otherwise sane individuals completely mad with the obsession of her. It is the stuff of legend here in these majestic, mostly untamed hills, where redwood and poison oak rule.