As you know, I’m always on the lookout for a good value in wine. A few weeks ago I was at my local Giant grocery store and spotted a fellow at a table giving out tastes of wine. When I strode over to see what was up, I found he had several selections from The Monterey Vineyards by Chalone Vineyards at a special super-low, closeout price. I tried them and decided I liked the Chardonnay best.
Interestingly enough, the name “Monterey” struck a chord with me. I don’t have any history or personal connection with Monterey, California or Monterrey, Mexico. However … my grandmother grew up in Monterey, Tennessee – what she called Monkeytown. Believe me, that nickname was by no means meant in disrespect. It was a term of endearment she and her siblings used in referring to their childhood home. Some remained in Monterey their entire lives. My grandmother, however, was swept off her feet and away by a handsome young mailman.
Whether it was the great price (got it for $7.99) or some sentimental impulse, I bought and enjoyed a bottle of their Chardonnay.
Winemaker: The Monterey Vineyards
Appellation: Monterey County, CA
Notes: This Monterey white was pretty pale yellow in color. On the nose I got a tart lemon-lime scent. It was medium-bodied with high acidity. Alcohol was at 13%. It had plenty of flavor – abundant citrus, toasty oak, butterscotch notes, and green herbs. It had a nice long finish, too. Pretty darned good in my book. Will look for it again.