White Wine by Cinnabar from Santa Cruz Mountains, California. Chardonnay is the most widely planted white grape in California. The cool climate of the Santa Cruz Mountains combined with lean mountain soil make the ideal environment for growing intense Chardonnay fruit with great aging potential. 2015 marked the 4th year of drought in California. Cool weather during bloom in May and June led to a remarkably early harvest, resulting in lower yields, but fruit with concentrated flavors and colors.