Monterey is considered one of the premiere growing regions in California. Carmel
Road sustainably farmed vineyards stretch across windswept benchlands, where the maritime climate and well-drained, alluvial gravel soils produce highly expressive wines. The first vintage of Carmel Road wines was released in 1999. The wines of Carmel Road come from a remarkable group of vineyards that lie within the Salinas Valley of Monterey County. On the western side, the alluvial plain stretches from the mouth of Monterey Bay southward along the eastern-facing bench-land fans in the rain shadow of the Gabilan Range, and constitutes a series of west-facing alluvial hillsides.
Carmel Road Chardonnay 2011
Carmel Road Chardonnays are known for their rich flavors, firm acidity and brilliant varietal flavors. Monterey Chardonnay is so rich, it doesn’t need oak. Refreshing acidity, courtesy of the cool climate, heightens the golden mango, tangerine, Asian pear, white flower, vanilla bean and butter cream flavors, leading to a long finish
completed with a hint of yeast from sur lie aging. But it is the pronounced minerality that sets them apart from their peers throughout the Golden State.
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Carmel Road Pinot Noir 2013
Carmel Road Winery is located in the heart of Monterey County where the air is crisp and the tempo is relaxed and measured. Most mornings their vineyards are shrouded in fog. Most afternoons a brisk Pacific Ocean wind blows southward along the ridge tops and benchlands of the Salinas Valley delivering fresh, cool maritime air. For years their region was considered too cold and windy to grow world-class grapes. Today, Monterey boasts some of the most highly acclaimed AVA’s in all of California. Monterey Pinot Noir is French oak aged briefly to add earthy, dark toast undertones to this brightly fragrant, berry spiced wine. The balance of the final wine is fantastic as it comes together in a velvety finish!
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Carmel Road Pinot Noir Arroyo Seco 2007
The Clark Ranch is sheltered in the late afternoon shadows of the Santa Lucia Mountains. While most of this 1100-acre vineyard is planted to Chardonnay, there are 34 acres dedicated to Pinot Noir. Each year they produce a limited bottling of Pinot from a special, rocky, four-acre block at the heart of the ranch. It is a remarkable site that consistently yields their deepest and most compelling Pinot Noir.
To capture the character of the Clark Ranch Vineyard Carmel Road utilized a number of hands-on techniques including cold pre-soaks, native yeast fermentation, hand punchdowns, French oak aging, and no fining or filtration. Their 2005 vintage delivers deep rich flavors of Bing cherry, red plum, rose petal and smoke, backed by firm acids and fine tannins.
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California became one of the world's most important, successful and influential wine regions. Since the first vines were planted in the state by Spanish pioneers in the 18th century, the region has made the most of its ideal climatic conditions, which range from hot, dry and arid to windswept and cool, for vineyard cultivation and wine production. Today, California has almost half a million acres under vine, and hundreds of independent and well established wineries dotted across its vast wine-making areas.