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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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  • Maverick Wine Group, Llc

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

  • Mountain View Vintners

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

  • Humanitas Wine Company

    We make honorable wines and dedicate 7% of our revenues (that's revenues, not profits!) to charit...

  • Talbott Vineyards

    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...

  • Praxis Cellars

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

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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


  • 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


  • Yeah, and what about hospital volunteers?  Or volunteers at a homeless ... happening in Santa Cruz or Monterey because I was just at several wineries in those areas, and they've never even heard of that and thought it was ridiculou Read More

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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


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