There’s not a lot of Pinot grown in this cool Salinas Valley appellation because most of the grapes are white, but judging from this wine, there should be. It has the medium-bodied, silky texture and crisp acids you want in a fine Pinot, as well as flavorful cherry, cola, raspberry, coffee and spice flavors that lead to a dry, polished aftertaste.
Here’s a big, ripe, dry, complex, voluptuous Pinot that comes from a cool Monterey region better known for dry whites. It shows a nice tension between acidity, silky tannins, charred, sweet oak and bright, pure fruit flavors of cherries, cola and raspberries, with a slightly funky, leathery undertow.
Few Pinots at this price are this nice to drink so soon. The wine is dry and elegant, crisp and silky, offering deep flavors of cherries, raspberries, cola, cinnamon spice and sweet, smoky oak.
This little appellation in the Salinas Valley is on an upswing with Pinot Noir, as evidenced by this fine bottling. It’s rich, as you’d expect from the perfect 2007 vintage, and well balanced, with the cherry, raspberry, cola and spice flavors bracketed by crisp acidity and smooth tannins. Probably not an ager, but a wine to watch.
One of the best Chards in this price category, this Monterey example is rich in tropical fruit, peach and spice flavors, and crisp in acidity. It has smoky oak, buttercream, a bit of lees—in other words, the works.
Very ripe and new oaky, but the acidity is so vibrant, it provides that much-needed balanced kick. Flavorwise, this Chard is a blast of orange Slurpee, pineapple tart, vanilla crème brûlée and cinnamon spice. It sure is an easy wine to drink.