Monterey County, Central Coast

Highlands 41

Forty One Monterey County Chardonnay 2019

This wine has a lovely golden tint in the glass. The nose is loaded with sweet oak spice, which I normally wouldn't care for in a Chardonnay, but I go with it over the holidays. It also shows aromas of tropical fruit and a hint of burnt caramel - also a nice holiday touch. The palate plays up the fruit more than the oak - for which I am grateful - and gives a nice acidity to make it a good wine to pair with food. The Ribolis say that the Highlands 41 Chardonnay goes best with baked halibut, wild mushroom risotto, fried chicken or grilled pork loin. I will go along with all of those recommendations. — 18 days ago

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Myles & Moore

Monterey County Pinot Noir 2017

Good, soft, dry, slightly juicy — 2 months ago

Cherrycream

Dark Monterey Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Smooth, flavorful, medium to full bodied. Drinkable on its own or with food.
— 4 days ago

Highlands Forty One

Monterey County Pinot Noir 2020

This Monterey County Pinot Noir is fairly dark and very fragrant in the glass. Aromas of black cherry, black tea, licorice and cinnamon put together the kind of display that makes me think of the holidays. Dark fruit dominates the palate, and a full set of tannins accompany the juicy sip. The Los Angeles-based Riboli family recommends pairing their Highlands 41 Pinot with grilled sausage, pasta primavera, baked salmon or roasted duck. I would toss in turkey and ham as excellent pairings. I had mine with lemon and honey Wensleydale cheese, and it was beautiful. — 19 days ago

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Chanin

Los Alamos Vineyard Chardonnay 2018

I tasted this at Chanin, followed by the fantastic Sanford & Benedict Chardonnay, After spending time with a bottle, the Los Alamos revealed so much more than in a 2 oz taste. Almost seemed to be different layers opening up with each passing minute. Citrus fruits, stony acidity, even a little smokiness. Delicious and beguiling. — 5 days ago

Dawn, Eddie and 2 others liked this

Robert Mondavi Winery

Private Selection Aged in Bourbon Barrels Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Smooth, slightly sweet, flavorful, I like — 14 days ago

Kevin Hicks

Kevin Hicks

I enjoy the bourbon aged reds also. Hope you are doing well.

Robert Mondavi Winery

Private Selection Aged in Rum Barrels Monterey County Merlot 2015

Gift from a friend, and a really nice surprise. Beautiful color and nose. Blueberries, cherries, and a velvety tongue feel with just enough spices to make it interesting. A great complement to grilled meats. — 6 days ago

Crave Vineyards

Monterey County Chardonnay 2013

Peaches, apples, vanilla and some oak. Whiffs of spice and minerals. Juicy and tasty. Lacking some complexity to merit an excellent score. Nice QPR, though. Found it in the clearance bin at a local wine shop. — 23 days ago

Peter, Dick and 8 others liked this

Scheid Vineyards

Isabelle Sparking Wine 2015

Oh this Pinot and Chardonnay sparkling is heavenly. It is dry and creamy at the same time, and has lovely fruit flavors. My favorite. — 5 days ago

Stirm

San Benito County Cabernet Pfeffer 2020

What a wine! 2019 was tainted with some VA issues but this; this vintage is beautiful. William Pfeffer is smiling from his grave — 12 days ago

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