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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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  • 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...

  • 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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  • Carmel Road Winery

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

  • Cima Collina

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

  • Radog Wines

    In a world of mass produced products, Radog stands out by handcrafting small lots of wine from ca...

  • Humanitas Wine Company

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

  • Estancia Estates

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

  • Scheid Vineyards

    To summarize the essence of a company in a one or two sentence mission statement is a daunting ta...

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  • My wife found one that she likes a lot, and I also thought it was pretty darn ... ... Estancia Pinot Noir MontereyHave no doubt, I've tasted plenty of frogs in-between finding these two. Read More

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  • La Crema Pinot Noir Monterey 2012

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    Wine review by lesteyes


  • Muirwood Vineyards Chardonnay Arroyo Seco Reserve Zanetta Vineyard 2009

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  • Gallo Signature Series Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 2014

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    Pure, floral, fresh and fruity on the nose, this is very cherry noted and inviting. On the palate this continues to show excellent purity of fruit, expressing an elegant and delicate but assertive cherry note that's classic Pinot but also a pleasant herbal earthiness supporting the fruit and adding depth and complexity. Easy drinking and approac... Read More

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  • While going through my grandmother's basement, we found 2 cases of wine. ... and the second, Paul Masson Monterey County Chardonnay 1978 (Second Bottling). I've not been able to find anything out about the latter. I am not a Chardonnay drinker, but was wondering what, if any, value there was ~ 40 years later for the Paul Masson - or should it ... Read More

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  • Talbott Chardonnay Logan Sleepy Hollow Vineyard 2014

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    Oak spice, buttery vanilla and warm baked apple aromas on the nose with floral clover honey notes and a hint of peach. A bit greener on the palate with ripe melon and green apple notes, a tart acidity with some lime zest appearing towards a creamy, yet dusty, finish. Read More

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  • Novy Susan's Hill Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah 2006

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    Big wine - bold berry notes, pepper and gamey notes, with spice and sage, a touch of chocolate and a healthy dose of tannins this built for aging. Drink or hold - 93 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Novy Susan's Hill Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah 2006

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    Wine review by bobvree


  • Novy Susan's Hill Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah 2006

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