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...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

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  • San Saba Vineyards

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

  • Chateau Julien Wine Estate

    In the late 1970's, Bob and Patty Brower set out to fulfill their dream. Originally from the East...

  • Robert Talbott Vineyards & Winery

    Founded by the Talbott family a quarter century ago, Talbott Vineyards is dedicated to producing ...

  • Estancia Estates

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

  • Cobblestone

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

  • Mission Trail Vineyards

    Nearly 230 years ago Franciscan friars planted wine grapes in Monterey County. Although these ear...

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  • Rex Goliath Cabernet Sauvignon Monterey County NV

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    Wine review by babyubu1


  • Viña Cono Sur Chardonnay 2009

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    Love the crisp taste! Read More

    Wine review by angelitaher


  • Isis Monterey County Pinot Noir 2013

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    A Lot 18 Quarterly Selection and another one bottled for Lot 18. I see that on other sites this wine received generally low reviews. Had better luck with it. Opens with surprising orange peel, baking spices, and lavender, then moss, earth, and vanilla, then cherry cola and chocolate. Medium to low tannins and acidity with a medium long finish of... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Rockpool Merlot Monterery County 2012

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    A Tasting Room quarterly selection. Opens with blackberry jam and vanilla, then to toffee and milk chocolate, and then caramel chocolate. Moss, earth, and smoke with ripe cherry plums. Medium to soft tannins with medium acidity. Long finish of earth, herbs, and dried dark fruit. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • The Rogue Wave Pinot Noir Monterey County 2013

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    A Tasting Room Quarterly Selection. Pale and thin Ruby color in the glass. Opens with Strawberry, green leaf, and vanilla, then goes to thyme, marjoram, under ripe cherry and kiwi. Medium Tannins and Acidity. with a long finish of cherry and strawberry with oak and pine. Becomes more earthy and mossy as it sits in the glass. Feels old world to m... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Adelaida Pinot Noir Doctor's Vineyard 2011

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    This is a fairly big Adelaida pinot from Santa Lucia Highlands. The nose is fairly subdued but there are hints of dark berries, tar and a touch of smoke. On the palate is a burst of red and black cherry, ripe black plum, crisp acidity and mild, fine grained tannins. The finish has a touch of smoke on the back end and is medium long. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Testarossa Pinot Noir Chalone Brosseau Vineyard 2013

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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


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  • if my kid got thyroid cancer vs. a knee injury, I'd be waaaay more upset.  That turf with ground up tires is nasty.  As the father of a sometime-goalie, that's scary. Read More

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  • Hey, OT, are they going to use recycled corks?  I think between the regulars here we could probably donate enough for the red zone, at least.  I've got about 300 corks sitting in containers at my house.  I can't think of a better product.On other fronts, I'm bumping my non-wine thread.  Water plays a role in that, too. Read More

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