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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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  • Estancia Estates

    Estancia’s winemakers strive to combine the best of both worlds: a state-of-the art winemaking fa...

  • 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...

  • Scheid Vineyards

    To summarize the essence of a company in a one or two sentence mission statement is a daunting ta...

  • Robert Talbott Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Mountain View Vintners

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

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  • Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay Santa Lucia 2013

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    Wine review by Vanessa Fairbank


  • Agate & Elm Chardonnay 2013

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    A recent Tasting Room selection; Bright pale silver gold in the glass. Opens with Caramel, Lemon, and a bit of Bullion/Umami; then more Caramel, Honey, & Raisin; then Must/Musk and Honey with a bit of Neoprene - all very pleasant, though. Big and full in the mouth. Long finish of silky Toffee, Lemon, and Ripe Peach with Oak and Cola. Medium Acid... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • DV, my father cut himself pretty well with a utility knife when I was a ... to ... a ... to Sierra Foothills, Monterey County, are options for anyone wanting to extend a stay.  As Emark said elsewhere, life is good.  Very goo Read More

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  • Sphere Monterey County Pinot Noir 2014

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    For me to like a pinot noir, it has to be full bodied, like Russian River Valley. This one nails it. Black fruit. Well balanced. Found at Trader Joe's. Fantastic price point. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Copain Syrah Chalone Brosseau Vineyard 2007

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    I have found the Copain Syrah Brousseau Chalone to be a fabulous wine.I rate a 95. I loved the flavors,the aromas and the smooth relaxing drinkability.I will buy again for sure. Read More

    Wine review by teund5


  • Big Basin Vineyards Grizzly 2012

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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Bridlewood Estate Winery Pinot Noir California 2014

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    Light cherry aromas are somewhat dusty and quite fruity and a touch floral. Very fruit forward with a medicinal creamy finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Kendall Jackson Chardonnay Grand Reserve 2014

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    Cool and floral on the nose with elderflower and tea leaf aromas and fruit notes of lemon zest and green apple. This has a bit of herbal leaf up front with pleasant peach and green apple notes, touches of vanilla and oak through the center and a finish that is yeasty and tart in equal measure with a bit of cedar and toast to finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • We're talking different things, perhaps, Al. I was talking towards how ... ... ... in Napa and Sonoma and Monterey that were doing so well, but end up sliding to mediocrity, or obscurity then death, after their founder sells out. Ultimately very short lifespans for those wines of former excellence. In my direct experience viewing business ope... Read More

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  • No link? And just another sale that'll likely mean the product starts down ... many in Napa and Sonoma and Monterey and elsewhere. We who appreciate good wine never want to see bean counters get too much control over wine production.It is the American entrepreneurial model, after all. Innovate, build a little, sell as high as possible, retire ... Read More

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