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...

  • 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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

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  • Maverick Wine Group, Llc

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

  • San Saba Vineyards

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

  • Carmel Road Winery

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

  • Praxis Cellars

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

  • 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...

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  • Rex Goliath Free Range Red 2009

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    Wine review by Leigh Ann Laughon


  • My fave weekday wines are Estancia Monterey Chardonnay.  It's unique among Chards.  Not only is it tasty, but it has the body of a classic Calif. Chard balanced by a wonderful minerality and good apple/tropical fruit.  Not to mention at $10 it's a steal.Favorite red is Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, $12.  Well-balanced, lovely dark ... Read More

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  • Siduri Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir Wine 2012

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    From what I can understand.... The very last case of Siduri Pisoni 2012 is being shipped to my Venue. and for sale. Thank you Cammarano,Barolo, Hudon, Stacole, and Adam Lee. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Mer Soleil Chardonnay Silver Unoaked 2012

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    Wine review by Liandra160


  • Siduri Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2012

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    The 2012 Siduri Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir was Opulent and Blackberry.. Not the typical Strawberry.. but balanced and Blackberry. Decanted, Aired and enjoyed over a 2 1/2 hour 5 course dinner. My guests would rate this wine higher than WS or Tanzer, so I rated this Pinot for the Customer. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Thanks for all the suggestions for Chardonnay's, many untried. A new road ... Napa and Sonoma, the Delta, Monterey County and San Luis Obispo areas just for a start (a true blessing), and have traveled the whole of California, and southern Oregon, life has gifted us with awesome drinking and toasting treats equal to the culinary delights offer... Read More

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  • Muirwood Pinot Noir 2008

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    Over oaked, but well balanced otherwise. Lush fruit. The oak is the first thing I got. Sitting in the fridge, this held up well and the oak diminished. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Chalone Vineyard Pinot Noir Central Coast 2010

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  • Testarossa Pinot Noir Doctor's Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands 2012

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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Testarossa Winery Fogstone Vineyard Chardonnay 2012

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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


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