Central Coast Wine

 

Central Coast is a vast AVA that spans between Santa Barbara County in the south to the San Francisco Bay area in the north, touching six counties within the state of California. This huge expanse encompasses a diverse array of microclimates and growing conditions and is responsible for fifteen percent of the state’s total wine production.

The sub-AVA’s within Central Coast are:
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Monterey
  • San Benito
  • San Luis Obispo
  • Santa Barbara
  • Salado Creek

~Amanda Schuster

 

– Description from Amanda Schuster

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Varietals Produced in Central Coast View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

Popular Wineries in Central Coast View all

  • Wente Vineyards

    Founded more than 125 years ago, Wente Vineyards is the country’s oldest, continuously operated f...

  • Five Rivers Winery

    Throughout literature, in both modern and ancient times, there have been five basic elements that...

  • Peralta Winery

    Peralta Family Wine Company is dedicated to representing wines of such astonishing quality, and a...

  • L'Aventure Winery

    Stephan Asseo left Bordeaux to fulfill his dream of creating handcrafted Syrah/Cabernet Sauvignon...

  • Rancho Roble Vineyards

    Mark and Therese Adams have deep roots in vine growing and wine making and they have planted thes...

  • Elliston Vineyards

    Henry had sufficient success to allow him to invest in an oceangoing ship to Hawaii and Mexico to...

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Central Coast on Snooth

  • Lifted Central Coast Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    A Tasting Room selection received in 2014. I do not care for the typical Sauvignon flavor profile - loads of acid, lemon lime kiwi with not much to smooth things out, but perhaps because this one is now so old, it goes into the glass as a chardonnay, golden, almost light amber/umber. Bits of lemon and lime, and then grass, lime, and ripe melon. ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Tensley Los Padres Syrah Central Coast 2013

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    Really well done for the price point. The fact that after it is shifted to stainless after 3 months allows for the grape to shine yet allows for the oak to slightly influence the gamey, blueberry features with pepper and spice. 89 points - Drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Tensley Los Padres Syrah Central Coast 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by jose pendas


  • Belle Glos las Alturas Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

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    Another one from lunch at Marcello's Chophouse. Could not think of a better Pinot Noir. Just the style I prefer. Loads of Herbs, Spice, dried and stewed Fruit, and Chocolate, Bits of Vanilla, Cedar, Licorice, and Smoke. Very smooth, very interesting. , with hints of black licorice. Medium Tannins and long savory finish. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Had the Tensley 2013 Central Coast Syrah.  That it is moved to stainless after 3 months really helps to let the grape shine, yet there are still oak influenced notes. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Estancia Reserve Gsm 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Estancia Gsm Reserve 2012

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    A bit shy on the fruit. Bitter mid palate with a shortish finish. I'm not sure what the winemaker was trying to do with this wine. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Chateau Julien Merlot 2002

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    It's 15 years old now, the oldest wine I ever had till today... and I'm not impressed. The flavor is good, in general - it's round, ripe red fruits with prunes and leather. It has nice short aftertaste and significant amount of sediment, at least according to my experience... don't shake it=) but I could get all that with younger wines and I don... Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Brecon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Petite Sirah Central Coast 2014

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    Sweet fruit and savory spice on the nose with an herbed bouillon quality and crushed violets, dark blackberry preserves and black cherry. Spicy and rich on the palate with more dark black currant and blackberry fruit, dry tannins imparting a dark chocolate note and a finish of zesty black pepper, heat and earth. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Hey Lefty, gotta love the viognier.  Surprisingly enough, some of my ... ... viognier has come from the Central Coast, several wineries in Paso make excellent wine from this grape.  Two that come immediately to mind are Tablas and Anglim (although Anglim sources their grapes from Santa Maria Valley.  Love that white stone fruit mixed with hone... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Viognier Virgin


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