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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Lockwood Vineyard

    First released in 1989, Lockwood Vineyard was developed under the belief that world class estate ...

  • Mission Trail Vineyards

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

  • CRU

    CRU Winery- California Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. “CRU” is a French term that identifies and c...

  • Estancia Estates

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

  • Cima Collina

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

  • Talbott Vineyards

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

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  • Belle Glos Pinot Noir las Alturas Vineyard 2012

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    very nice, can go w meat or flavorful fish Read More

    Wine review by dnemerov


  • Rex Goliath Merlot Monterey County Free Range 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by jcooper924


  • They grow on rocks but they aren't falling off trees! I remember when I was ... afford it except rarely in Monterey restaurants, where it's often not prepared so well that you can justify the price.Now, as for that Pedestal, some people will tell you it needs more time, blah blah.  But here's the thing:  Michel Rolland makes a type of wine--big... Read More

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  • Francis Ford Coppola Chardonnay Monterey County Diamond Collection Gold Label 2012

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    For the price, this is really nice chardonnay. Initial rush of lemon peel followed by green apple on the back end. A good bit of acidity but not much of the softer fruit to offset it so it tastes a bit out of balance. Still, great QPR. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Mirassou Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon California 2009

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    I received this wine as a Christmas gift from my in-laws, who, bless their hearts for trying, are not, really wine afficionados. On the other hand, there is nothing really wrong with this, other than you would never guess that it was a Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruitiness on the tip of the tongue would suggest a low-dollar Pinot Noir--tons of ch... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Morgan Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands Metallico 2012

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    Very nice Santa Lucia Highlands chardonnay. Unoaked, lots of citrus, lemon peel, un-ripe pear, green apple and a good hit of acidity. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Siduri Pisoni Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2004

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    Pretty big nose--fruity with hints of caramel. Slides very nicely on the tongue. Lots of cherry fruit, but it is not one of those insipid pinots that I hate. Once I get past the cherry fruit I enjoy some sedate tannins and good acid structure. I think this is going to go well with tonight's chicken thighs pan roasted with spicy chick peas. ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Truffle Merlot NV

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    Wine review by Hanna25


  • Wente Vineyards Reliz Creek Pinot Noir Arroyo Seco 2010

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    Very Pinot on the nose with black cherry, earth, and a nice shading of oak, over a little rhubarb and herb. Opening with lovely spice on the palate this is soft and gentle yet moderately intense on the palate with lots of a raspberry and cherry. The style that recalls Pinot from an earIier time, Attractive clarity on the palate with nice mineral... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Wente Vineyards 'Riva Ranch' Reserve Chardonnay 2012

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    90% bf, 10% SS, eight months sur lie, two to three perfect gewurztraminerBig woody spice and lots of vanilla greets the nose along with rich pineapple, a little nutmeg, and subtle backing notes of tropical fruits. In the mouth this is fairly rich and very true to the nose with powerful flavors dripping in peachy, pineapple, spicy tropical fruit ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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