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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • 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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  • 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...

  • Cima Collina

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

  • Cobblestone

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

  • Maverick Wine Group, Llc

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

  • Ventana Vineyards

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

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  • Talbott Pinot Noir Logan Sleepy Hollow Vineyard 2016

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    14.2% ABV Ruby red tinged with garnet at the edges. Medium light in weight. Pretty and well made wine. I get a strong hit of cherry cola on the first sip followed up with some sour cherry as the acid comes to life and finishes with some cranberry notes with a touch of bitterness. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • I find it a little surprising that the SLH (Logan) bottling is slightly cheaper ... cheaper than the standard Monterey (Kali Hart) bottling. Guess I really should just pick up bot Read More

    Forum post in the topic Good pinot noir in the $30...


  • Fetzer Vineyards Gewurztraminer Monterey 2016

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    Fresh floral white grape and tea leaf aromas with fleshy peach notes and soft pear. On the palate theres bright acidity and a full palate of off-dry sweetness with more black tea leaf and lavender notes, peach apricot and a touch of lime towards the finish. Fresh, aromatic and juicy.89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir 2015 Very fruity with balancing high acididty and a gentle touch of tannin toward the finish. Easy drinker. Read More

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  • Yes the Kali Hart(Monterey) is available here and so is the Logan (Santa Lucia Highlands) bottling. Have you tried the Logan? Ill have to look around for the Calera, my usual store doesn't list it. Read More

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  • Testarossa Winery Pinot Noir Doctor's Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands 2016

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    No written review

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Talbott Kali Hart Pinot Noir Monterey 2016

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    A touch raisiny with notes of cherry and concentrated berry. Tart and dry with earthy plum and cherry notes, a streak of tar and some blueberry. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Hahn Meritage 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mark Ap02


  • Mark, re: dining in Paso, we ate downtown twice, once at a high end Mexican ... ... highly recommend both.In Monterey, we had an awesome lunch at Rocky Point Restaurant, sat outside with a spectacular view.  Had a nice dinner at PassionFish, excellent seafood and an extensive wine menu where the markups are really reasonable.  Had a nice North... Read More

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  • DM, what would you like to know?We've been to Paso many times over the last ... of Napa cabs tend to be.In Monterey we didn't make it out into wine country as there must have been at least two dozen tasting rooms in Carmel-by-the-Sea, plus it would have been an hours drive each wa Read More

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