Santa Cruz Mountain and Quinta Cruz

Published February 17, 2013

Santa Cruz Mountain

Grapes originally from Spain and Portugal thrive quite nicely in California. Stop by Quinta Cruz (the sister brand to Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard) for a taste of their wines if you need convincing. Each one was unique and delicious. Their Verdelho is the answer to grapefruit drenched Sauvignon Blanc and buttery Chardonnay. It is a light crisp dry white wine with the big body and long finish of a robust Chardonnay yet the summer fruit flavors of apricot and citrus. Its amazingly diverse attitude makes it a great wine to pair with about anything in your picnic basket.

But the wine that you’ve probably never heard of will make you remember its name: Graciano. It’s like Spain’s answer to Cabernet Sauvignon only it’s got something the king of grapes almost never has: dark rich chocolate. Its big cherry and plum flavors are the first you’ll notice with even a little blueberry but its silky rich elegance is what lingers.

More appellation adventures in this region.


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