Posts Tagged Monterey

2015 La Crema Pinot Gris, Monterey

La Crema winery has been on a tear as of late. The 2013 and 2014 vintages were uniformly outstanding. It looks like the 2015 vintage will continue their hot streak. This wine shows a brilliant pale straw color in the glass. The alluring nose... Read more

2014 La Crema Chardonnay, Monterey

A surprisingly deep, clear, yellow straw color in the glass. Butter and baking spices cloak ample ripe scents of orange and cream (think Dreamsickle), honeydew, baked apple, and ripe stone fruit. Despite the richness of the nose and the buttered... Read more

2014 La Crema Pinot Noir, Monterey

A bright, translucent ruby hue. Sassy notes of fresh orange zest and red cherries lead to whiffs of blackberry, blueberry, tea leaves, and notes of cocoa powder and woodspice. It is lithe and feminine in the mouth. This red is built for immediate... Read more

2013 Carmel Road ‘Drew’s Blend’ Pinot Noir, Monterey

The Drew of “Drew’s Blend” is actress Drew Barrymore, who partnered with Carmel Road winemaker Kris Kato with the goal of crafting a wine that would be perfect for sharing with family and friends — i.e., likeable to a wide array of palates.... Read more

2013 La Crema Chardonnay, Monterey

This medium-bodied wine deftly melds its fruit and oak impressions, including apple, pear, light pineapple and hints of oak spice and butter. Nice and smooth with a kiss of buttered fruit in the finish, this is a solid house wine candidate that’s... Read more

2014 La Crema Pinot Gris, Monterey

In the glass it is a brilliant pale straw color. Ripe fruit scents of peach, pear, and apple mingle with a vanilla/white flower perfume. A juicy acidity in the mouth keeps the honey-tinged fruit fresh and begs for the next gulp – er, sip. My wife... Read more

2013 Wente ‘Riva Ranch’ Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco, Monterey

While Wente’s historic home is California’s Livermore Valley, the family also has a well-sited vineyard in the Arroyo Seco area of Monterey County, which has proven to be an ideal setting for growing Chardonnay. The 2013 Riva Ranch Chardonnay... Read more

2013 Carmel Road Pinot Noir, Monterey

Nearly transparent garnet color, lightening at the rim. This young lady has a demure nose, showing glimpses of blood, spiced cherry, cranberry sauce, clove, and a whiff of orange blossom. Lithe in the mouth, well-balanced and integrated, it is silky... Read more

2013 Barrymore by Carmel Road Pinot Grigio, Monterey

A brilliant light straw color. In the glass, straightforward aromatics of sweet apple, pear, a hint of banana, and a touch of wet stone minerality. These flavors follow through in the mouth, backed by a juicy acidity. This is a versatile white that... Read more

2013 Carmel Road ‘Unoaked’ Riesling, Monterey

Riesling from California often is made in a style that surrenders complexity for sweetness. This is not one of them. A mélange of fruit impressions — apricot, pineapple, Granny Smith apple, banana chip — waft in and out of the glass, leading to... Read more