Monterey Wine

 

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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  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

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  • Talbott Vineyards

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

  • Praxis Cellars

    Arbios Cellars/Praxis Cellars is a small Sonoma County family wine business. Bill Arbios makes...

  • CRU

    CRU Winery- California Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. “CRU” is a French term that identifies and c...

  • San Saba Vineyards

    San Saba is now Wrath Wines. The Thomas family bought San Saba Vineyards in late 2007 and has set...

  • Estancia Estates

    Estancia’s winemakers strive to combine the best of both worlds: a state-of-the art winemaking fa...

  • Mountain View Vintners

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

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  • REPLY BY AHSAN12, 18 SECONDS AGO.Thanks for all the suggestions for ... ... Napa and Sonoma, the Delta, Monterey County and San Luis Obispo areas just for a start (a true blessing), and have traveled the whole of California, and southern Oregon, life has gifted us with awesome drinking and toasting treats equal to the culinary delights offered... Read More

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  • Thanks for all the suggestions for Chardonnay's, many untried. A new road ... Napa and Sonoma, the Delta, Monterey County and San Luis Obispo areas just for a start (a true blessing), and have traveled the whole of California, and southern Oregon, life has gifted us with awesome drinking and toasting treats equal to the culinary delights offer... Read More

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  • Siduri Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Rosella's Vineyard 2011

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  • Siduri Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir Wine 2012

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    The best show for me in the past 9 months. Siduri did the work, & I fed the people.Pommard,Burgundy mouth-feel & Raspberries. Burgundy is found in this classic and legendary product.Enjoyed this Burgundy and appreciated the opportunity. Thanks Adam, Bob, Anthony and Barolo Guests.All back and Raspberries are found in this SL Highlands Pinot Noi... Read More

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  • Muirwood Vineyards Chardonnay Reserve 2012

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    Pretty decent, middle of the road chardonnay, just right for a mid week drinker. This has some, but not a lot of oak, butter, creme brulee and soft lemon pith. Fair acidity and medium to short finish. Decent QPR. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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  • Testarossa Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands 2012

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    Very nice, easy drinking chardonnay from Santa Lucia Highlands. More on the fruit side with ripe peach, creamy lemon, a hint of honeysuckle, medium acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Mer Soleil Chardonnay 2012

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    Buttery, spicy, tropical and vanilla notes. Rich, viscous mouthfeel. Passionfruit. pineapple, guava, banana. Big, opulent. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Dahlia Pinot Noir Monterey County 2011

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  • Mer Soleil Chardonnay 2012

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    Excellent chard from Santa Lucia Highlands. Fairly lush with a decent amount of oak that is well balanced against creamy lemon, lime pith, a touch of pear and medium acidity Read More

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