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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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  • Talbott Vineyards

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

  • Cobblestone

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

  • San Saba Vineyards

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

  • Carmel Road Winery

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

  • Robert Talbott Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Humanitas Wine Company

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

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  • Hess Select Chardonnay 2014


    My go to everyday Chardonnay. Can't go wrong for the price point! Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105

  • Belle Glos Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands las Alturas Vyd 2014


    No written review

    Wine review by yarnanimal

  • Miner Pinot Noir Gary's Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Monterey 2012


    Medium light aromas are lightly floral with rose petal aromas and ripe red cherry. Full and rich mouthfeel with candied cherry and ripe red currant notes, hints of lavender, vanilla and sweet cinnamon spice. A well balanced, delicious and refreshing wine with loads of flavor and spice.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Dick Graff's plane-crash death in the latter '90s and lesser successors ... alone in the Pinnacles, down Monterey way). Certainly the terroir and plants haven't lost their potential, but perhaps Treasury isn't interested in relatively light rebuilding work but only in supposedly sure, easy-marketing labels, even though they've historically been... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Yea how the mighty have fallen

  • Mirassou Pinot Noir Monterey County 2013


    Final of the 'Reds' Flight. Found it thin and may have spoiled. Did improve some in the glass. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Lustra Monterey County Pinot Blanc 2013


    A Tasting Room quarterly selection that I just got around to tasting. I cannot remember having a Pinot Blanc before, so have nothing to compare this one to. It felt like a Riesling to me, a bit sweet (too sweet really) and a hint of effervescence. Straw and gold yellow in the glass. Opens with Peach, Strawberry, and Cotton candy. Moves to Melon,... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Hess Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon California Napa Guffy Dave 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by smuratore

  • Wente Vineyards Pinot Noir Riva Ranch 2012


    Cherry cola and cinnamon notes on the nose with classic black cherry and vanilla supporting. Elegant notes of black cherry, dark chocolate and licorice on the palate, with some clove and cedar notes, a touch of black pepper and a finish of vanilla.88 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • NG, glad to hear about your impression of Windy Oaks. We met the owners while ... to visit their place in the Monterey area. We haven't made it out there - yet, but still have their business card and have them on our list of must do.This week the CFO and I are celebrating 30 years of wedded bliss. Spent Saturday afternoon and evening in downto... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Rex Goliath Merlot Monterey County Free Range 2010


    Good wine for the price. Smooth and very good with food. The flavor is not that complex but is a great table wine. Read More

    Wine review by Tony Colozza

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