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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • San Saba Vineyards

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

  • Scheid Vineyards

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

  • Cima Collina

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

  • Radog Wines

    In a world of mass produced products, Radog stands out by handcrafting small lots of wine from ca...

  • Mira Winery

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

  • Otter Cove

    We produce wines with Monterey County grapes. We were able to bring some great tasting wines to M...

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  • Hahn Pinot Noir Monterey County 2017


    Coloration is fairly brilliant cherry/cranberry, looks to be quite clear, with rustic hues around the rim. Aromas that are fruit forward....cherry, toasty oak, tobacco leaf, wet leather, honey molasses bbq sauce richness and a muted cinnamon, nutmeg/mace & pepper spice. Flavors are pretty straight up of field berries (cherry, blueberry, raspbe... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Jolie-Laide Rodnick Farm Melon de Bourgogne 2019


    A very fruity wine--apple, pear, kiwi, melon. Some stoniness mid-palate. Light-bodied (Well, duh.) but a surprisingly robust mouth feel. Light but detectable acidity. A very pleasant wine. An excellent summer sipper. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Fetzer Shaly Loam Gewurztraminer 2015


    Pours out of the bottle a slightly honeyed mead sort of color....pale grassy yellow would explain it rather is clear and appears to have some effervescence based on a minute amount of suspended bubbles clinging onto the glass. The aromas are of semi sweet wildflower honey, apples/pears, muted minerality, and orchard fruit flower blo... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Carlisle Santa Lucia Highlands Rosella's Vineyard Syrah 2014


    Dark fruit opening---blackberry, black plum. The wine enters as mellow, but it is quite spritzy on the edges of the tongue and under the mid-palate. Some dark chocolate bitter hints under the rear palate. A very enjoyable wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Talbott Pinot Noir Logan Sleepy Hollow Vineyard 2016


    14.2% ABV Ruby red tinged with garnet at the edges. Medium light in weight. Pretty and well made wine. I get a strong hit of cherry cola on the first sip followed up with some sour cherry as the acid comes to life and finishes with some cranberry notes with a touch of bitterness. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • I find it a little surprising that the SLH (Logan) bottling is slightly cheaper ... cheaper than the standard Monterey (Kali Hart) bottling. Guess I really should just pick up bot Read More

    Forum post in the topic Good pinot noir in the $30...

  • Fetzer Shaly Loam Gewurztraminer 2016


    Fresh floral white grape and tea leaf aromas with fleshy peach notes and soft pear. On the palate theres bright acidity and a full palate of off-dry sweetness with more black tea leaf and lavender notes, peach apricot and a touch of lime towards the finish. Fresh, aromatic and juicy.89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir 2015 Very fruity with balancing high acididty and a gentle touch of tannin toward the finish. Easy drinker. Read More

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  • Yes the Kali Hart(Monterey) is available here and so is the Logan (Santa Lucia Highlands) bottling. Have you tried the Logan? Ill have to look around for the Calera, my usual store doesn't list it. Read More

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  • Testarossa Winery Pinot Noir Doctor's Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands 2016


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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce

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