Posts Tagged Monterey County

2013 Hess Select Chardonnay, Monterey County

Looking for a “house white” for your house? It would be hard to beat this easy-drinking Chardonnay from Monterey County. Vivid medium-straw in color, it has alluring aromas of sweet lemon, butter, vanilla and baking spices. Tropical fruit notes... Read more

2013 Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ Riesling, Monterey County

A pear blossom perfume gives way to effusive ripe peach and apricot in the nose. In the mouth, sweet orange emerges. In the past, many California Rieslings have been overblown, flabby and not particularly distinctive. Could this party in a glass... Read more

2009 Corralitos ‘La Tache Clone’ Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

In its brief history, Corralitos Wine Company has established a pattern of releasing its Pinot Noir bottlings about six months to a year after other wineries. So while we’re seeing plenty of 2010, 2011 and even 2012 Pinots in the marketplace,... Read more

2012 J. Lohr Estates ‘Falcon’s Perch’ Pinot Noir, Monterey County

For people of a certain age, the aroma of this value-priced Pinot Noir may be reminiscent of Delaware Punch. A surprisingly complex wine from one of California’s venerable Pinot Noir growing regions, it offers up a basketful of berries, a squeeze... Read more

2012 J. Lohr ‘Fog’s Reach’ Pinot Noir, Arroyo Seco

There’s a lot going on in this wine’s aroma spectrum, starting with fleshy black cherry and pomegranate impressions, adding a black tea note, and then turning Burgundy-like with whiffs of tomato and earth. (The Pomerol clone component adds the... Read more

2012 J. Lohr ‘Highlands Bench’ Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

This is a cool-climate Pinot Noir from one of California’s coolest winegrowing zones, a bit lighter in the mouth than in the nose. It exhibits notes of clove, sweet strawberry, red raspberry and a touch of brown sugar, accented by soft minerality... Read more

2012 J. Lohr ‘Highlands Bench’ Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands

There are examples of red and white winegrape varieties being blended with sublime results. In France’s Rhone Valley, a splash of Viognier often is added to Syrah. In the world of sparkling wine, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are common blending... Read more

2012 J. Lohr ‘October Night’ Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco

Young wines that utilize a good deal of new French oak in their aging regimen — in this case, nearly half of the barrels — often present themselves in “parts.” You can taste the oak... then you can taste some fruit... then you may taste some... Read more

2012 J. Lohr ‘Arroyo Vista’ Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco

Lush and complex, the nose offers up aromas of buttered toast, baking spices, ripe apple, peach and lemon zest. There’s a full, palate-coating viscosity in the mouth, leaving a lingering spiced butter afterflavor, while a good thread of citric... Read more

2012 La Crema Pinot Noir, Monterey County

The color is a nearly transparent light ruby with pink coral tones towards the rim. The wine offers up pleasant varietal scents of jammy strawberry and perfumed cherry, with additional wood notes of cinnamon and mocha. It’s feminine and... Read more