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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Monterey View all

  • Carmel Road Winery

    Carmel Road Winery is located in the heart of Monterey County where the air is crisp and the temp...

  • Humanitas Wine Company

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

  • Mirassou Vineyards

    For over 150 years the Mirassou family has crafted uniquely expressive wines made with equal p...

  • Otter Cove

    We produce wines with Monterey County grapes. We were able to bring some great tasting wines to M...

  • Praxis Cellars

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

  • Ventana Vineyards

    Great wines are made in the vineyard, and the Ventana Vineyard has the perfect combination of wat...

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  • It's a bit of a schlep from Carmel/Monterey up to Ridge and Mt. Eden. Better to stay in Santa Cruz or over in the Silicon Valley area if you're interested in them. Driving those roads at the end of the day (evening rush hour) can also be a nightmare. The Monterey/Carmel area wineries are not at the same level.Santa Barbara area is generally frie... Read More

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  • JD, late to the game but congrats on the anniversary! Have yet to sample ... ... looking at maybe heading to Monterey or Santa Barbara for the celebration but haven't made a final decision yet, any suggestions will be warmly welcomed.RBA, as you might have suspected, the French Roederer owns the Mendocino Roederer. We visited the CA branch and... Read More

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  • Carmel Road Pinot Noir Monterey 2013

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    Light cherry and raspberry aromas are immediately jumping out of the glass. Juicy and bright mouthfeel, there's not a ton of acidity but it's certainly present over the light earthy note and the fruit. Predominantly cherry flavors leading the charge here with a dose of sugary plums and a light touch of oak on the finish which is a bit tight with... Read More

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  • V V - Are you by chance getting any of their Pinot Noir?  I would stay ... due to that oil leak.  Monterey should be nice, especially on the coast.  I wonder if Clint Eastwood still lives up there. Read More

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  • The oil will be almost completely gone by then. Some nice places for ... ... anniversary celebrations in Monterey, but the wine and accommodations are better down in Santa Barbara.  ;-) Now that's an old photo! Tip of the flatrim to him still, though. At an advanced age he's still cranking out very good movies--two decades after most directors... Read More

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  • Heron Pinot Noir Monterey County 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by popz4120


  • Rex Goliath Cabernet Sauvignon Monterey County NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by babyubu1


  • Viña Cono Sur Chardonnay 2009

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    Love the crisp taste! Read More

    Wine review by angelitaher


  • Isis Monterey County Pinot Noir 2013

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    A Lot 18 Quarterly Selection and another one bottled for Lot 18. I see that on other sites this wine received generally low reviews. Had better luck with it. Opens with surprising orange peel, baking spices, and lavender, then moss, earth, and vanilla, then cherry cola and chocolate. Medium to low tannins and acidity with a medium long finish of... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Rockpool Merlot Monterery County 2012

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    A Tasting Room quarterly selection. Opens with blackberry jam and vanilla, then to toffee and milk chocolate, and then caramel chocolate. Moss, earth, and smoke with ripe cherry plums. Medium to soft tannins with medium acidity. Long finish of earth, herbs, and dried dark fruit. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


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