monterey county

Trader Joe’s Grand Reserve Santa Lucia Highland Pinot Noir Lot 80 2017

The Trader Joe’s Grand Reserve Santa Lucia Highland Pinot Noir Lot 80 2017 is 100% Pinot Noir exclusive Trader Joe’s $12.99 wine sourced from a vineyard or vineyards from a very high-end exclusive Pinot Noir growing area in Monterey County, California.  Here is a Trader Joe’s Grand Reserve from Carneros. The Santa Lucia Highlands are located on…

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Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Santa Lucia Highland Pinot Noir Lot 80 2017
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Trader Joe’s Cotillion Pinot Noir 2016

The Trader Joe’s Cotillion Pinot Noir 2016 is a $9.99 Trader Joe’s exclusive sourced from vineyards in 56% Monterey County, 33% Sonoma County, and 11% Santa Barbara County. These 3 counties are very solid Pinot Noir growing region and the bottle could have indicated California as the grape origin, since 2 of the AVA’s are…

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Meiomi Rose’ 2017

The Meiomi Rose’ 2017 is mainly a Rose’ of Pinot Noir sourced from vineyards in 54% Monterey County, 36% Sonoma County, and 10% Santa Barbara County which are all first class areas for growing Pinot Noir. In a side note, wines that feature grapes from both the Central Coast AVA and the North Coast AVA, such as…

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William Wright Monterey County Pinot Noir 2016

The William Wright Monterey County Pinot Noir 2016 is a $8.99 ALDI exclusive sourced from vineyards in the Salinas Valley of Monterey, California. William Wright is one of Scheid Vineyards (founded in the early 1970s) 40+ wine labels, Scheid owns 11 estate vineyards with 4,000 acres of vines. The back label says William Wright “produced and…

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Trader Joe’s Reserve Monterey Meritage Lot 168 2014

The Trader Joe’s Reserve Monterey Meritage Lot 168 2014 is a $9.99 Trader Joe’s exclusive sourced from grapes grown in the Monterey County AVA which is located north of Paso Robles and up to the Monterey Bay inside the Central Coast AVA of California. A Meritage wine is a Red blend that uses the grapes approved…

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Trader Joe’s Petit Reserve Monterey County Pinot Noir 2014

The Trader Joe’s Petit Reserve Monterey County Pinot Noir 2014 is a $5.99 Trader Joe’s exclusive produced for them by ASV Wines sourced from a single vineyard (according to TJ’s Fearless Flyer) in the Monterey County AVA inside of California’s Central Coast AVA. Normally, who made these Trader Joe’s exclusive wines are a well-kept secret, but here,…

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Cotillion Chardonnay 2014

The Cotillion Chardonnay 2014 is a $7.99 Trader Joe’s exclusive (Cotillion also make a Pinot Noir) sourced from grapes grown in 63% Sonoma County, 20% Napa County, and 17% Monterey County, all 3 are terrific places to grow Chardonnay grapes. As a Trader Joe’s private brand wine there is little information about how the wine was…

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Chiare Blanc de Blancs 2014

The Chiare Blanc de Blancs 2014 is a $6.99 ALDI exclusive (this is a seasonal Sparkling wine that sold for $9.99 during the holidays) made from Pinot Blanc, Riesling and Muscat grapes grown in Monterey County, California. This is a Sparkling wine produced with the Charmat Method, the same technique used to make Prosecco. The…

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Cotillion Pinot Noir 2013

The Cotillion Pinot Noir 2013 is a $9.99 Trader Joe’s exclusive sourced from vineyards in 60% Monterey County, 24% Sonoma County and 16% Santa Barbara County. Santa Barbara County is about an hour north of Los Angles, Monterey County is north of Paso Robles and both are part of the Central Coast AVA. Sonoma County…

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Avalon CAB California Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

The Avalon CAB California Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 is 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Syrah, 7% Zinfandel and 4% Merlot sourced from vineyards located in Napa Valley (the largest % of the grapes come from Napa), Lodi, Paso Robles and Monterey County in Northern California. This Cab was aged for 8 months in French and American oak…

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90+ Cellars Lot 61 Monterey County Chardonnay 2010

The 2010 90+ Cellars Lot 61 Chardonnay is sourced from 6 small vineyards in Monterey County inside California’s Central Coast AVA. Monterey County is just north of Paso Robles and runs for 100 miles up the coast, about half of the grapes grown there are Chardonnay. 90+ Cellars are negociants, they buy excess capacity (in…

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Estancia Pinot Noir 2012

The 2012 Estancia Pinot Noir is 100% Pinot Noir sourced from vineyards in Monterey County, inside the Central Coast AVA of California. Monterey County is just north of the Paso Robles AVA and Northern Monterey County is a very cool grape growing area with a long growing season, which is just the conditions that Pinot…

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Sofia Chardonnay 2012

The 2012 Sofia Chardonnay is 75% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Blanc (a White wine grape, it is a mutation of Pinot Noir) grown in vineyards in Monterey County (just north of Paso Robles), California. In California, a bottle of wine can be identified as a single varietal as long as at least 75% of the…

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Garnet Vineyards Monterey County Pinot Noir 2011

The 2011 Garnet Vineyards Monterey County Pinot Noir is sourced from Estate vineyards located near (but not in) the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA in Monterey County, California. Garnet had been Saintbury’s value line, but they sold the brand name and the winery to the Silverado Wine Growers, who had been the main supplier for Garnet’s…

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Trader Joe’s Petit Reserve Monterey County Riesling 2012

The 2012 Trader Joe’s Petit Reserve Monterey County Riesling is a $6.99 Trader Joe’s exclusive produced for them by ASV Wines an independent contract winemaking facility. The Petit Reserve labeled wines are one-off, small production, when they are gone, there is no more sort of wines. The Monterey County AVA is located inside the Central…

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