High Praise for Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay

Recently international wine critic Alder Yarrow visited the area and tasted through a wide range of Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. We’re happy to report that the 5 wines we submitted all scored among some of the highest in the roundup. Alder summarized his experience with the following statement, and we’re quite proud Read More

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Scores don’t matter? Maybe. But over time, they show a pattern of quality.

I can’t tell you how many times over the years I’ve heard other winemakers or commercial wine buyers say “scores don’t matter”.  I find it a bit disingenuous– I’ve never met a winemaker who didn’t get happy about a good score, or pissed off about a bad one. That said, a single good or bad Read More

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We’re Featured in the April 2020 Issue of Food and Wine

We were fortunate to be featured alongside some of Santa Cruz Mountains’ most iconic wineries in the April 2020 Edition of Food and Wine Magazine. See below!

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2017 and 2018 Vintages Get Great Reviews from Wine Advocate

From the February 2020 Edition of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: John Benedetti crafted some lovely wines from the Corralitos area of the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation in 2017, despite the heat wave. “Labor Day is way too early to pick most of the Pinot Noir from this region,” he says. He spoke with other winemakers Read More

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Aptos Times Article About Melanie’s Passing

The Aptos Times recently published an article about our new tasting room in Aptos, and its opening during the passing of my wife and soulmate. You can read the article here: https://issuu.com/timespublishinggroup/docs/a21908_tab_issuu/4 –JB

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Aptos Tasting Room Opens Amid Tragedy

There is an article from Edible Monterey Bay that summarizes a tragedy that has struck our family, and talks about the amazing friends and family who have come together to support us and open our tasting room in Aptos. Here’s the link.

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Lots of Love from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Our 2016 vintage (and a 2015 cellar selection) were recently reviewed by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, and the results are more than we could have hoped for. About the winery, reviewer William Kelley had this to say: Proprietor and winemaker John Benedetti is producing noteworthy wines for his Sante Arcangeli that seem to get better Read More

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High Praise for the 2016 Vintage, So Far

The first scores are in on our 2016 vintage!  We have only submitted 3 wines for review so far, and so far only Wine Enthusiast has reviewed them… but the preliminary feedback has been great.  Wine Enthusiast has given us the following ratings: 2016 Split Rail Pinot Noir:  93. 2016 Integrato Pinot Noir: 93. 2016 Read More

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Private Event Passport Day

We’ve been getting many inquiries regarding the November 18th Passport day.  To be clear:  we have a private, invitation-only event happening on Passport Day, and the winery facility in Aromas is NOT open to Passport holders.  Our private event is sold out, so Passport holders without an RSVP will, unfortunately, be turned away. Our tasting Read More

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