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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  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

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  • Lockwood Vineyard

    First released in 1989, Lockwood Vineyard was developed under the belief that world class estate ...

  • Mira Winery

    Mira Winery is the forefront of the aquaoir (ocean-aged wines) movement. Read more: http://mir...

  • Mirassou Vineyards

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

  • Cima Collina

    Cima Collina produces artisan wines from small Monterey vineyards. The idea of an “artisan wine” ...

  • Otter Cove

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

  • Praxis Cellars

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

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  • Smith & Hook Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Lucia Highlands Grand Reserve 2005

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    Wine review by gmb468


  • Siduri Pisoni Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2014

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    Wine review by Steves Wines


  • Joyce Submarine Canyon Pinot Noir 2015

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    Wine review by anstett


  • Talbott Kali Hart Pinot Noir Monterey 2015

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    Light cherry, soft blossom and sticky tar notes on the nose. This has a sweet spice bloom on the palate that is explosive on entry with rich fruit flavors of red currant jam and Bing cherries, good acidity coming through towards a tart finish that's earthy and oaky with a resinous almost pine finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Stephen, your original post at top of this thread brings up a number of ... ... ... Napa and Sonoma and even Monterey.What are the dream wines from Oz? Tucked away, just waiting for us, in the Cheval Blanc cellars: And here're some '90 Burgs and '91 northern Rhones that excite me just a bit...&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic 5 wines to try before you die


  • Line Shack Pettie Sirah 2014

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    Wine review by anstett


  • Matetic Corralillo Syrah 2006

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    This wine was a ridiculous bargain. It was originally a $15-20 wine several years ago, and one of my local shops somehow got a case of it that they were selling for $5 a bottle. I might have been concerned that it was over the hill, but the color was great, and it had a fair degree of sediment indicating a wine made with minimal intervention. ... Read More

    Wine review by Dougman


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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