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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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  • Praxis Cellars

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

  • San Saba Vineyards

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

  • Talbott Vineyards

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

  • Cima Collina

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

  • Mira Winery

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

  • Ventana Vineyards

    Great wines are made in the vineyard, and the Ventana Vineyard has the perfect combination of wat...

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  • Carmel Road Pinot Noir Monterey 2013


    Light cherry and raspberry aromas are immediately jumping out of the glass. Juicy and bright mouthfeel, there's not a ton of acidity but it's certainly present over the light earthy note and the fruit. Predominantly cherry flavors leading the charge here with a dose of sugary plums and a light touch of oak on the finish which is a bit tight with... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • V V - Are you by chance getting any of their Pinot Noir?  I would stay ... due to that oil leak.  Monterey should be nice, especially on the coast.  I wonder if Clint Eastwood still lives up there. Read More

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  • The oil will be almost completely gone by then. Some nice places for ... ... anniversary celebrations in Monterey, but the wine and accommodations are better down in Santa Barbara.  ;-) Now that's an old photo! Tip of the flatrim to him still, though. At an advanced age he's still cranking out very good movies--two decades after most directors... Read More

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  • Heron Pinot Noir Monterey County 2013


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    Wine review by popz4120

  • Rex Goliath Cabernet Sauvignon Monterey County NV


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  • Viña Cono Sur Chardonnay 2009


    Love the crisp taste! Read More

    Wine review by angelitaher

  • Isis Monterey County Pinot Noir 2013


    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


    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


    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


    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

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