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Wine Recommendation

Ahlgren Vineyard

2000 Cabernet Sauvignon, Bates Ranch
(Santa Cruz Mountains)

Veteran winery Ahlgren Vineyard showcases some stylish wines crafted from Bordeaux varietals. Valerie and Dexter Ahlgren are institutions in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Their eclectic home and vineyard, established in 1976 outside of Boulder Creek, is a charming, solar-friendly and secluded mountainside vineyard property in an area where irrigation is never an issue.


Their 2000 Ahlgren Vineyard, Bates Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon is a gem. This wine is typical of wines produced from this classic Santa Cruz Mountains vineyard. It has a lean, herbaceous nose and palate, accompanied by plenty of leathery, dark cherry-tobacco flavors, and firm, structured tannins that will benefit from aging. Nonetheless, this wine is showing well now, with balance and finesse, and pleasant hints of sage and peppers.

Reviewed June 12, 2006 by Laura Ness.

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The Wine

Winery: Ahlgren Vineyard
Vineyard: Bates Ranch
Vintage: 2000
Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Price: 750ml $30.00

Review Date: 6/12/2006

The Reviewer

Laura Ness

A wine writer and wine judge for major publications and competitions around the country, Laura Ness likens wine to the experience of music. She is always looking for that ubiquitous marriage of rhythm, melody, and flawless execution. What is good music? You know it when you get lost in it. What is good wine? It is music in your mouth.