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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  • Humanitas Wine Company

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

  • Mountain View Vintners

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

  • Mission Trail Vineyards

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

  • Estancia Estates

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

  • Praxis Cellars

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

  • San Saba Vineyards

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

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  • Estancia Pinot Noir Monterey 2006


    No written review

    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

  • Galante Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Carmel Valley Blackjack Pasture 2004


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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

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