District 7 Wines
Of California’s 17 grape crush districts, Monterey County—also known as District 7—boasts the longest growing season thanks to the chilly air and clouds of Poseidon’s morning breath that gently roll across the Salinas Valley. Because of this, District 7 specializes in cool-climate varietals such as chardonnay and pinot noir. These grapes hang longer on the vine, ripening slowly and evenly to create vibrant, complex wines. District 7′s 2010 chardonnay and 2009 pinot noir are no exception, enlivening meals with high acidity and bold fruit flavors. The chardonnay opens with flavor notes of pineapple and pear, and it finishes with subtle hints of butterscotch. After aging in new and neutral oak casks, the 2009 pinot noir bursts on the palate with black cherry, strawberry, vanilla, and toast.