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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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  • Estancia Estates

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

  • Mission Trail Vineyards

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

  • Scheid Vineyards

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

  • Humanitas Wine Company

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

  • Cima Collina

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

  • Maverick Wine Group, Llc

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

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  • OT is showing off with that Ultramarine, because no one can get it now.  ... Pierce Family in southern Monterey County makes one.  Oz Clarke thinks it is the best grape of Rioja; he attributes its uneven yields and the fact that the second best grape, Tempranillo is so good, to the fact that Graciano didn't really catch on. Dunc, thanks for th... Read More

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  • Talbott Pinot Noir Logan Sleepy Hollow Vineyard 2014

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    Cherry cola, raspberry, blueberry and black cherry aromas with a savory, earthy note and a hint of smoke. This is earthy and smoky on the palate, delivering good fruit flavors of raspberry and cherry amidst a charred vanilla oak musk that carries through to the finish where it meets a tart cranberry note. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • It is 60% Monterey, 24% Santa Barbara, and 16% Sonoma. Bottled in Napa for cache. Your quintessential cheap CA Pinot.  Try it you may like it.    Read More

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  • Lockwood Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    Wine review by kdzinger


  • La Crema Pinot Noir Monterey 2014

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    Very fruity with balancing high acididty and a gentle touch of tannin toward the finish. Easy drinker. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Loredona Pinot Noir Monterey 2010

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Andover Estate Chardonnay 2014

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    rich, oaky, buttery Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Good to hear. Now that we know that, I thought I'd share a low cost Pinot ... me recently, also grown in Monterey I believe.2014 Estancia Pinot No Read More

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  • Hahn Pinot Noir Slh 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by boglebogle


  • Hahn Pinot Noir Slh 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by boglebogle


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