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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  • Maverick Wine Group, Llc

    Maverick Wine Group LLC is based in Santa Maria, California. Our Truffle Wine Brand capitalizes...

  • San Saba Vineyards

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

  • Cobblestone

    From his humble beginnings on a Michigan farm, Saul Levine became an FM radio pioneer in 1959 lau...

  • 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...

  • Carmel Road Winery

    Carmel Road Winery is located in the heart of Monterey County where the air is crisp and the temp...

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  • Esser Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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    Wine review by scatey


  • Rex Goliath Pinot Grigio Monterey County 2010

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    Wine review by marymarchell


  • Don't know how much you can get back up into the hills of inland San Diego ... up into San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties, too. You come home with your clothes all smelling of sage and many, many other herbs depending on where you've been. Whole hillsides that would put herbalists and their kitchen gardens to shame before you walk a mile in... Read More

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  • Loophole Chardonnay Monterey 2013

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    A Tasting Room quarterly selection; Light to Medium Oak, Lemon and Lime and Green Apple Skin. Very, very Acidic (Tongue burning) - too much so for my taste, but probably goes well with Food. Tasting Notes from Lot 18:'...Delicious flavors of lemon tart, white pear and subtle oak with bright, driving acidity power through the wine, yet the finish... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • J. Lohr Estates Falcon's Perch Pinot Noir 2011

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    Dark and distinguished color in the glass. Light purple fruits break apart on the palate, scattering a strawberry pink-fruit essence. Lots of heat on the front and back palate with a distinct overlay of blackberry and cherry notes. Read More

    Wine review by Claudia Angelillo


  • Emark, if you want to see an Italian Lagrein, drive over to Orange.  WineX ... ... down at the south end of Monterey County/Salinas Valley.  I've had all-Graciano Rioja from Spain.  Oz Clarke thinks Graciano is the best grape of Rioja, but it's difficult to grow and lost ground to Tempranillo, which isn't a bad grape, either.  This was tarter t... Read More

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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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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • 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

    Wine review by William Djubin


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