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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • 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...

  • Praxis Cellars

    Arbios Cellars/Praxis Cellars is a small Sonoma County family wine business. Bill Arbios makes...

  • Mountain View Vintners

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

  • San Saba Vineyards

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

  • Cima Collina

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

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  • Furthermore Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Sleepy Hollow 2007


    This is classic Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir. Dark fruit, long dynamic after taste that lingers with minerality. Read More

    Wine review by chad1616

  • Cima Collina Pinot Noir Monterey County 2005


    Very rich with a great fruity nose. Very fruity, especially so for a Pinot Noir - fruit really moving towards currants and raisins. A bit much for some people, but some of us love it super fruity.Finishes with nice soft vanilla flavors, which combined with the fruit is reminiscent of baked blackberry pie. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Talbott Kali Hart Chardonnay 2008


    This is an exceptional bargain and has been our standard house chardonnay since the first release (2001). It has held up well in blind tastings against chardonnays costing twice as much. It is well balanced with a trace of oak and a long, complex aftertaste. Most of the vintages have been outstanding except for the 2003 which was a tad oxidiz... Read More

    Wine review by mgspikers

  • Talbott Kali Hart Chardonnay 2008


    I have enjoyed Kali Hart since the very first vintage, it was then and still is well made, and an incredible value. This Chard is as elegant and nuanced as its bigger, pricier Talbott Chardonnay brothers. Beginning with the current 2008 vintage the production of this wine has been greatly reduced; so don't expect to find it just anywhere. Read More

    Wine review by wine national

  • Poppy Pinot Noir 2004


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    Wine review by tdog9000

  • Estancia Pinot Noir Monterey 2006


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    Wine review by padram

  • Scheid Vineyards Syrah Monterey County 2006


    Jammy and very floral on the nose with great spicy topnotes over an intense yet fresh blackberry and boysenberry base. This is a big, soft, mouth filling wine with tons of blackberry and boysenberry fruit backed up by noticeable oak spice and tannins. Its medium bodied and easily styled but it lacks a bit of complexity and depth. Smells great th... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Scheid Chardonnay Monterey 2007


    This is decidedly toasty on the nose with smoky tones and a lovely toasted hazelnut topnote over buttery tropical fruits. In the mouth this is nicely crisp after the aromatics promised a more languid wine. The fruit is fresh and nicely ripe with a buttered nuttiness that fills out the mid-palate and extends the finish. Nicely measured and richly... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Rex Goliath Shiraz San Joaquin County


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    Wine review by Oslo15

  • Hahn Estates Pinot Gris Santa Lucia Highlands 2008


    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

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