The Tasting Panel-Monterey, California - "" Ripe aromas and flavors of mulberry, earth, and red beets. Milk chocolate, black cherry, and sun-dried tomato work well on a bed of toasty oak thanks to supple tannins. The blend of 79% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 6% ...""
The Monterey region is a long valley that stretches 90 miles along Highway 101, from the city of Salinas south to San Luis Obispo County. Cool winds rush down the valley from Monterey Bay, creating chilly conditions at the northern end – ideal for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Gewurztraminer – and warmer sites farther south where Cabernet and Syrah thrive.
Much of the valley floor is home to large-scale winemaking, with some individual vineyards covering thousands of acres. Look for more distinctive selections from the eight smaller AVAs within Monterey County: Arroyo Seco, Carmel Valley, Chalone, Hames Valley, San Antonio Valley, San Bernabe, San Lucas and Santa Lucia Highlands.
Sauvignon Blanc is an international white grape variety that originates in France. It’s long been used to make world-class wines from Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. Yet in recent decades, Sauvignon Blanc has become an everyday favorite thanks to the New World winemakers of New Zealand.
With its distinctive, vivid aromas and zesty acidity, Sauvignon Blanc is easy to peg in a blind tasting of dry white wines. The wine’s green, herbaceous and fruity scents are sometimes accented with musky aromas, yet its flavors are consistently fresh and bright.