This report includes both the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Santa Lucia Highlands, with a focus on the 2016s.

As with the rest of California, 2016 was a great year for both regions, with yields back up to around average and the wines showing more rounded, supple, balanced styles.

As normal, the Santa Lucia Highland releases lead with their fruit (yet they still age nicely), with the Santa Cruz Mountains releases leading with more obvious structure and minerality. Both regions are a treasure trove of awesome Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays.

Readers can find additional information at:

California, Santa Lucia Highlands: New Releases

California, Santa Cruz Mountains: The High Quality, yet Tiny Production 2015s

By Jeb Dunnuck
Founder & Wine Critic
More articles by Jeb