Flashcards in Monterey & San Benito Counties Deck (43):
*Name the 3 largest AVA's in California, starting with the largest.
The largest AVA in California is the Central Coast AVA, 2nd largest is North Coast AVA and 3rd largest is Sierra Foothills AVA. [CNS]
*Name the AVA that overlaps San Benito and Monterey counties.
*Name the only winery of Mount Harlan AVA.
Calera Wine Company
*Name the soil type shared by Mount Harlan and Chalone.
Limestone (also found in Lime Kiln AVA)
*Name the primary grapes of Mount Harlan and Chalone.
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (also Chenin Blanc in Chalone and Viognier in Mount Harlan) [Ch=Ch]
*Name the mountain range that divides San Benito and Monterey.
Gabilan (means hawk in Spanish)
*Name the primary grapes of Carmel Valley.
Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot [CArMeL, Bordeaux varietals]
*Name the primary grapes of Santa Lucia Highlands.
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (Syrah is third)
*Name the river valley that Santa Lucia Highlands overlook.
Salinas River Valley
*Name the most widely planted grape in all of Monterey County.
Chardonnay (40%, by a landside)
*Explain Monterey’s “The Thermal Rainbow™ ”.
a) Forty degree temperature variance, north to south, on a summer day, the coolest districts are to the north, closest to the ocean and the warmest areas are to the south of the county, furthest from the ocean.
b) Ocean air/winds act as an “air conditioning system”, mitigating temperatures and extending growing season
c) Dictates the proper varietal planting choices for each sub-appellation, over 40+ varietals planted
*Name 5 AVA's totally within San Benito County.
San Benito, Cienega Valley, Lime Kiln Valley, Paicines, Mount Harlan [Benito>6+1=7]
*Name 2 AVA's in San Benito County that overlap with other counties.
Pacheco Pass (mostly in Santa Clara County), Chalone (mostly in Monterey County)
*Name one of the largest contiguous vineyards in the world found in Monterey County.
San Bernabe Vineyard owned by Delicato (8100 acres)
*Name 4 AVA's in the northern half of Monterey County.
SLH, Carmel, Chalone, Arroyo Seco [Monterey>8+1=9; not Arroyo Grande Valley]
*Name 4 AVA's in the southern half of Monterey County.
San Bernabe, San Lucas, San Antonio, Hames Valley [BLAH, of course Monterey AVA includes this area, L is for Lucas, not Lucia or Luis]
What AVA is Jekel winery located within?
Arroyo Seco AVA
*Which sub-AVA of Monterey County is excluded from the Monterey AVA?
Where is San Lucas AVA?
southern part of Monterey County
*How long is the coast line of the Central Coast AVA?
Order Carmel, Monterey, Salinas, Santa Cruz and San Jose from north to south.
San Jose, Santa Cruz, Salinas, Monterey, Carmel
Name the county where Almaden Winery historically had the majority of the acreage.
San Benito County
Name the AVA where Pietra Santa Winery is found.
Cienega Valley AVA
When was Mission San Juan Bautista founded? Where is it is located?
1797 (15th mission); in San Benito County, just east of Hwy 101, between Hollister and Salinas
What is the soil type of Lime Kiln AVA?
Sandy, gravelly loam topsoils over limestone and dolomite
What are the primary grapes of Lime Kiln AVA?
Mourvedre and Zinfandel
How many wineries are in Lime Kiln AVA?
2, Enz Family and Summerayne Vineyards
Characterize the altitude of Lime Kiln AVA?
high altitude, 1200-1400 feet
What is the largest AVA in Monterey County?
Name the Monterey County AVA that falls outside the concept of the The Thermal Rainbow.
Carmel Valley AVA; in contrast to Thermal Rainbow precepts, it is a warm AVA close to the coast
What AVA is Galante Vineyards located within?
Carmel Valley AVA
What was the first AVA granted in Monterey County?
Carmel Valley AVA [but Chalone AVA was same year]
SLH is located in what portion of the Santa Lucia Range?
foothills, between the valley floor and higher aspects
Who was the founder of Ventana Vineyards?
Doug Meador, a former Navy flier, later founded Meador Estates
Where was J Lohr founded?
What are the defining aspects of Arroyo Seco?
the alluvial fan from "Dry Creek" and the howling winds [not to be confused with alluvial fan in Oak Knoll District]
Name 4 AVA's named after counties that ironically only contain a small amount of the said county.
Mendocino, San Benito, Sonoma, El Dorado [not Napa]
*What is the greatest AVA of San Benito County according to the San Franciso Wine School?
Josh Jensen's Calera Wine Company in the Mount Harlan AVA
Compare the area under vine of Monterey County and San Benito County.
Monterey County with 45,000 acres is 15 times larger than San Benito with only 3,000 acres
What is the exposure of many of the SLH vineyards?
southeastern, similar to Burgundy
Who first suggested the designation Santa Lucia Highlands when proposing the 12 mile long, raised benchland above the Salinas River for special consideration as a unique winegrowing district, AVA approved in 1991.
What is a lime kiln and what is the Spanish translation?
The lime kiln is an oven used in the processing of limestone. Calera (the only Mount Harlan AVA winery) is the Spanish word for lime kiln. The lime kiln image can be found on every label of Calera wines produced.