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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  • Estancia Estates

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

  • Otter Cove

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

  • 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...

  • Mira Winery

    Mira Winery is the forefront of the aquaoir (ocean-aged wines) movement. Read more: http://mir...

  • Ventana Vineyards

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

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  • Big Basin Vineyards Grizzly 2012

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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Bridlewood Estate Winery Pinot Noir California 2014

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    Light cherry aromas are somewhat dusty and quite fruity and a touch floral. Very fruit forward with a medicinal creamy finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Kendall Jackson Chardonnay Grand Reserve 2014

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    Cool and floral on the nose with elderflower and tea leaf aromas and fruit notes of lemon zest and green apple. This has a bit of herbal leaf up front with pleasant peach and green apple notes, touches of vanilla and oak through the center and a finish that is yeasty and tart in equal measure with a bit of cedar and toast to finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • We're talking different things, perhaps, Al. I was talking towards how ... ... ... in Napa and Sonoma and Monterey that were doing so well, but end up sliding to mediocrity, or obscurity then death, after their founder sells out. Ultimately very short lifespans for those wines of former excellence. In my direct experience viewing business ope... Read More

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  • No link? And just another sale that'll likely mean the product starts down ... many in Napa and Sonoma and Monterey and elsewhere. We who appreciate good wine never want to see bean counters get too much control over wine production.It is the American entrepreneurial model, after all. Innovate, build a little, sell as high as possible, retire ... Read More

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  • Strato Monterey County Riesling 2013

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    A Tasting Room quarterly selection. Pale Gold in the Glass. Opens with Oak, Cinnamon and Baking Yeast; moves on to Vanilla and a sweet Bubblegum; then finishes with some Slate, Half & Half and more Vanilla. Long smooth finish with Oak and Vanilla along with Pear, Tropical Fruit, and Hibiscus.Had this alone, but would work well with Asian and oth... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • 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


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