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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  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

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  • 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...

  • San Saba Vineyards

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

  • 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...

  • Maverick Wine Group, Llc

    Maverick Wine Group LLC is based in Santa Maria, California. Our Truffle Wine Brand capitalizes...

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  • Sterling Vineyards Pinot Noir Vintner's Collection 2014

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    full-bodied and delicious, one of my favorite pinot noir wines. Great price, and amazing flavors of cherries and plum. I love the acidity level, it is well-balanced and a delight Read More

    Wine review by katherinerosegary


  • Estancia Pinot Noir 2013

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    Very light, fruity, soft. Nice. Read More

    Wine review by dunbarindc


  • Noble Vines Muscat Canelli Reserve San Bernabe Vineyard 2014

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    Oh Yum & OMG ! Most excellent Late Harvest Muscat I think I've ever had. Such a great flavor of pears & lycee. Clean finish, especially for Canelli, and perfect legs. Their label leaves a lot to be desired; very blah looking and says nothing about the contents. But oh those contents ! Goes down EZ - just need a straw. Read More

    Wine review by StukNlodi


  • Hahn Estates Gsm 2013

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    Fruity and a tad sweet with light acidity and light tannins. Smooooth. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • @DVOGLER....."The great thing is we all have the freedom to think whatever ... a few days of tastings in Monterey county! Found what I thought was a great buy at Wrath. Pretty much all their Pinot's were very nice, not RR or Sonoma Coast, but very, very nice at only $35 a bottle at retail, and less an additional industry discount of 20% made it... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine you would not drink...


  • J Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay Arroyo Seco 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by twilightblue02


  • Donati Family Vineyard Claret Paicines 2010

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    A great blend that is smooth and well balanced with dark cherry and spice notes. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Really?I'll be darned.  Is that a north of Monterey thing? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Mirassou Moscato 2014

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    Juicy melon, tangerine and sweet tea aromas on the nose are quite inviting. In the mouth this is light, fresh tasting and fairly mild, and carries notes of orange and sweet tea, with some light effervescence and a hint of grapefruit. Bordering on off-dry, this definitely will please those with a sweet tooth. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Mythmaker Monterey County Pinot Noir Rose 2014

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    A Tasting Room Quarterly Selection; Pale Orange Red in the Glass. Opens with Prune & Cherry, then Honey, Cinnamon and Clove; These 3 carry over to the palate. Very light, with a medium long finish of Cherry, Candy, and baking Spice. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


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