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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Monterey View all

  • Robert Talbott Vineyards & Winery

    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...

  • CRU

    CRU Winery- California Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. “CRU” is a French term that identifies and c...

  • Chateau Julien Wine Estate

    In the late 1970's, Bob and Patty Brower set out to fulfill their dream. Originally from the East...

  • Mission Trail Vineyards

    Nearly 230 years ago Franciscan friars planted wine grapes in Monterey County. Although these ear...

  • 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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  • Fetzer Shaly Loam Gewurztraminer 2015


    Pours out of the bottle a slightly honeyed mead sort of color....pale grassy yellow would explain it rather is clear and appears to have some effervescence based on a minute amount of suspended bubbles clinging onto the glass. The aromas are of semi sweet wildflower honey, apples/pears, muted minerality, and orchard fruit flower blo... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Carlisle Santa Lucia Highlands Rosella's Vineyard Syrah 2014


    Dark fruit opening---blackberry, black plum. The wine enters as mellow, but it is quite spritzy on the edges of the tongue and under the mid-palate. Some dark chocolate bitter hints under the rear palate. A very enjoyable wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Talbott Pinot Noir Logan Sleepy Hollow Vineyard 2016


    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 Shaly Loam Gewurztraminer 2016


    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

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

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


    No written review

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce

  • Talbott Kali Hart Pinot Noir Monterey 2016


    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


    No written review

    Wine review by Mark Ap02

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