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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Scheid Vineyards

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  • Mission Trail Vineyards

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  • Hahn Estates Pinot Gris Santa Lucia Highlands 2008

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    This is effusively scented with pear and apricot fruit and just a hint of quartzy minerality. Big, rich and boldly flavored in the mouth with big pear and almond skin flavors yet a quite soft and lacking any definition or cut. I like the flavors and the incipient complexity on the moderately long finish but this needs more backbone. 84pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Galante Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Carmel Valley Blackjack Pasture 2004

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    A nice blend of assertive ripe herbs, black olive, ripe black fruits and measured oak presents a promising set of aromatics. In the mouth this seems too be too big and rich as the first wave of fruit washes over the palate but the excellent acids and polished tannins quickly take control of the palate, marshaling the earthy black currant fruit w... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cima Collina Pinot Noir Monterey County 2005

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    Very dense on the nose with spicy and stemmy accents to the candied black berry fruits and a touch of root beer candy. In the mouth this is certainly rich and powerful with deep earthy notes a hints of grapefruit that contrast well with the black fruits but the feel of the wine is too soft. Theres some tannin here, but not enough to keep this in... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Loredona Riesling Monterey 2008

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    The nicely complex nose features typical floral, and lied honied lemon curd notes with a touch of exotic banana. This is off dry but well balanced with supple, lemony fruit and a nice herbal counterpoint. Simple and easy yet appealing. 84pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Talbott Kali Hart Chardonnay 2008

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    This has gently leesy and barrel induced notes framing the cool, and crisp orchard fruits and pineapple of the nose. Nicely balanced in the mouth with a rich, round feel and lightly buttery notes that work well with the bright, white fruit tones. Its medium bodied and toes a fine line between a maintaining a lighter, fresher character while deli... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Paraiso Springs Syrah Santa Lucia Highlands 2004

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    A touch of brett or maybe Mourvedre on the nose with smoky notes of firepit, leather and cured meats. In the mouth this is opulent and velvety with a core of deep wild berry fruit that has a nice edge of gamey meatiness. This is balanced and rich with a nice spicy, minty character and touch of vanilla that powers through on the layered finish. ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Hahn Estates Meritage 2006

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    Wine review by bcampion


  • Cima Collina Pinot Noir Monterey County 2005

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    I enjoyed the Pinot Noir. Cherry, red fruit on the nose and then darker berries on the palate. Big for a Pinot Noir, med+ body, more tannins identified and linger through the full taste but smoothen out and finishes nicely. Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig


  • Talbott Kali Hart Chardonnay 2008

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    golden hues, aromas of pear, apples, citrus with crisp acidity, vanilla, buttercream, oak in taste. med/full bodied, smooth and delicious Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig


  • Francis Ford Coppola White Blend California Sofia Blanc de Blancs 2011

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    Wine review by fishsox


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