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Monterey is an AVA within the Monterey County region, in the Central Coast of California. It runs between Monterey Bay in the north and extends as far as San Luis Obispo AVA to the south. Most of the Salinas Valley lies within it, providing a natural channel for the Bay fog and winds which lengthen the growing season and control acid balance in the grapes. 
 
The vastness of the region lends itself to somewhat diverse growing conditions. Coastal areas are suited to cool climate varietals such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Gewurtztraminer while warmer sections tend toward Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel. 
 
Monterey is further subdivided into the following regions:
Arroyo Seco
Carmel Valley
Hames Valley
San Antionio Valley - Monterey
San Bernabe
San Lucas
Santa Lucia Highlands
 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Monterey View all

  • Otter Cove

    We produce wines with Monterey County grapes. We were able to bring some great tasting wines to M...

  • Robert Talbott Vineyards & Winery

    Founded by the Talbott family a quarter century ago, Talbott Vineyards is dedicated to producing ...

  • Radog Wines

    In a world of mass produced products, Radog stands out by handcrafting small lots of wine from ca...

  • Ventana Vineyards

    Great wines are made in the vineyard, and the Ventana Vineyard has the perfect combination of wat...

  • Mountain View Vintners

    In 1978, San Francisco entrepreneur Kevin Shannon founded Mountain View as one of California's fi...

  • Mirassou Vineyards

    For over 150 years the Mirassou family has crafted uniquely expressive wines made with equal p...

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  • Chalone Vineyard Chardonnay Estate Grown 2014

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    cool, mild nose; sweet with notes of vanilla oak; heartwarming! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Novy Family Wines Syrah Santa Lucia Highlands 2010

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    Definitely one of the best twist offs I've had the pleasure of aging. Full bodied, deep dark fruit, complimented by a lasting finish. Read More

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Angeline Chardonnay Reserve Monterey County 2015

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    Sweet spice and creamy caramel notes open on the nose for hints of lemon and green apple, peach and vanilla creamsicle. Tart and citrusy in the mouth, with lemon curd and fresh green apple notes, bright acidity and a creamy, oaky finish that carries a touch of melon and pineapple. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 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


  • I'll flip the photo for you. Looks like you have some zins (Dashe Dry Creek ... ... some PNs (La Crema Monterey and a couple of Byrons), and  a hat trick of Bonny Doon offerings. Can we assume you haven't had these, but they are potentially within your price range? And that these are not meant to fit within the confines of your original query?... Read More

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  • My wife found one that she likes a lot, and I also thought it was pretty darn ... ... Estancia Pinot Noir MontereyHave no doubt, I've tasted plenty of frogs in-between finding these two. Read More

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  • La Crema Pinot Noir Monterey 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by lesteyes


  • Muirwood Vineyards Chardonnay Arroyo Seco Reserve Zanetta Vineyard 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by ralbano


  • Gallo Signature Series Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 2014

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    Pure, floral, fresh and fruity on the nose, this is very cherry noted and inviting. On the palate this continues to show excellent purity of fruit, expressing an elegant and delicate but assertive cherry note that's classic Pinot but also a pleasant herbal earthiness supporting the fruit and adding depth and complexity. Easy drinking and approac... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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