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Monterey Wine Central Coast, California

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A geographic and climatic paradise for grape vines, Monterey is a part of the greater Central Coast AVA and contains within it five smaller sub-appellations, including Arroyo Seco, San Lucas, San Bernabe, Hames Valley and the famous Santa Lucia Highlands. The climate is relatively warm but tempered by cool, coastal winds, allowing the regions in Monterey County an exceptionally long growing season. Bud break often happens two weeks sooner and harvest tends to be two weeks later compared to other surrounding regions.

Monterey’s coastal side, where the cooling ocean fog allows grapes to develop a perfect sugar-acid balance, excels in the production of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling. Warmer, inland subzones are home to fleshy, concentrated and full-bodied reds like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Zinfandel.

Chardonnay, covering about 40% of vineyard acreage, is the most widely planted grape in all of Monterey County.

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    Capiaux Cellars Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Lucienne Smith Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Lucienne Smith Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Caraccioli Cellars Brut Cuvee 2010 Front Label
    Caraccioli Cellars Brut Cuvee 2010
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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