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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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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  • Cobblestone

    From his humble beginnings on a Michigan farm, Saul Levine became an FM radio pioneer in 1959 lau...

  • Mira Winery

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

  • Estancia Estates

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

  • Humanitas Wine Company

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

  • 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” ...

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  • Talbott Vineyards Kali Hart Chardonnay Monterey County 2015


    Cool green apple and lemon aromas with a crisp sea breeze freshness. Medium full in the mouth with more apple and peach flavors, a tart acidity and a zesty citrus pith note with some spice to the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Well, no Zinfandel today, as I stopped for oysters on the half-shell after a ... ... of Chardonnay from Monterey County (CA) and it was very nice.  Four types of oysters from the east coast, plus the bread they serve and I was done.  I'm on a diet of sorts before I pig out over Christma Read More

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  • Hahn Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2015


    Modern in style and well balanced. Developed nicely with some air. I like it and think it was best served pre food. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Congress Springs Pinot Noir 2013


    Medium intensity ruby-red color with light golden brown rim. Discreet sweet flowers and yummy cranberry jelly nose with lightly toasted wood. Medium body silky-smooth taste of raspberry, cranberry and something wide at background, kind of peel of rye bread... Bright long aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS

  • The under $20.00 mark is tough. La Crema's Monterey is medium bodied and does well as a stand alone wine while their Sonoma version is lighter with higher acid with some baking spice notes that works better with food. Jezebel Pinot Noir Oregon by the Willful Wine Company pushes the $20.00 mark is lighter, more old world is style and enjoyable. D... Read More

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  • Bridlewood Pinot Noir Monterey County 2014


    Pleasant, unassuming cherry and raspberry aromas. Cherry flavors and good acidity on the palate with a touch of earth and a finish that's a bit spiky with more than a little tar, almost overwhelming the fruit but finishing with some dark chocolate. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Since I can't order from "mom & pop" brick and mortar stores ... Merlot and the 2015 La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir.  Amazingly I do feel somewhat bette Read More

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  • Smith & Hook Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Lucia Highlands Grand Reserve 2005


    Had at union 50 Read More

    Wine review by gmb468

  • Siduri Pisoni Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2014


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    Wine review by Steves Wines

  • Hahn Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2015


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    Wine review by effell

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