In 1960 Professor A.J. Winkler, a viticultural authority from the University of California at Davis, published a report classifying grape growing districts by climate. Monterey County was classified as Region I and II, comparable with the premium regions of Napa, Sonoma, Burgundy and Bordeaux. The cooling air of the Monterey Bay creates a longer growing season for wine grapes, the only type of grapes grown there. As air in the southern part of the county warms at noon each day and rises, cool air from the Bay fills the void left by the rising warm air. Grapevines in Monterey County tend to produce buds in the spring, two weeks earlier than vines in other regions. Due to the cool growing season, the fall harvest typically begins two weeks later than other regions. Thus, local grapes remain on the vine a full month longer, developing intensity of flavor.
2015 Hess Chardonnay, Shirtail Creek Vineyard
List price 14.00; Our price 9.99
This Chardonnay was aged for 9 months in barrels and the lees were stirred weekly for 4 months, resulting in a rich, complex wine that shows aromas and flavors of apple, pear, citrus and a slight touch of tropical fruits, accented by aromas of honeysuckle. The palate is medium-bodied offering a refreshing, fruit forward style that is woven together with subtle oak and a balancing acidity.
2015 Talbott Chardonnay, Kali Hart
List price 18.50; Our price 16.95
This lush and lively, pure fruit expression of minimal winemaker influence allows Kali Hart Chardonnay to showcase the strength of Talbott's estate vineyards. The rich, inviting nose shows bright tropical notes that continue on the palate. The pineapple and honeydew flavors are complimented by refreshing acidity. A generous mid-palate leads to a long citrus and tropical fruit finish with hints of French oak and minerality.
2016 Carmel Road Winery Barrymore Rosé of Pinot Noir
List price 20.00; Our price 16.99
This Rosé is a delicate wine with floral and light citrus aromas. Flavors of fresh red fruits, along with notes of peach and apricot, mix with bright, mouthwatering acidity, leading to a crisp and vibrant finish. Refreshing!
2013 Congress Springs Pinot Noir, Coastal Monterey
List price 15.00; Our price 12.99
This Pinot shows aromas of cranberries, toast and butter. It has a silky, soft and dry, light-to-medium body and focuses on a cherry, nutty, earthiness that finishes with light oak. It is a solid pinot.
2014 Talbott Pinot Noir, Kali Hart
List price 20.00; Our price 18.99
The wine shows bright aromas of cranberry, currant, plum, and hints of vanilla. The crisp red fruit flavors continue on the palate, where they are accentuated by soft, smooth tannins. The finish deposits notes of spicy oak, cola, and tea. Kali Hart is the name of Robb Talbott's youngest daughter.
2014 Scheid Family Wines Very Dark Red, Hames Valley
List price 27.00; Our price 24.99
Al Scheid first purchased property in Monterey County in 1972, a 10-acre parcel located on the edge of the town of Greenfield, after discussing with Professor Winkler the potential of Monterey County wines. Very Dark Red is a blend featuring Petit Verdot a grape of dark color, stout tannins and concentrated flavors. The small
berries of Petite Sirah add to the blend a more intense maceration of skin-to-juice ratio and some serious tannins. Together they create a dark, concentrated wine that can be enjoyed now but will age well for a decade or more. VDR is full-bodied yet supple, with deep, ripe fruit flavors of black currant and black raspberry perfumed by delicate notes of crushed violet. A firm, chalky tannin structure belies the velvety, luscious mouthfeel. Dense flavors integrate beautifully for a long, layered finish.
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