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Ventana Vineyards

Owner(s) Doug Meader
Web site www.ventanawines.com
 
Link to this site

Ventana Vineyards, founded by former Navy pilot, Doug Meader, was one of the pioneering wineries in Monterey County, and can now celebrate 30 years of winemaking. Over these years, Ventana has become “The Most Award-Winning Single Vineyard in America.” Ventana is a Spanish word for window so-named because the vineyard abuts the Ventana Wilderness and symbolizes a “window to the future in viticulture.” The current winemaker is Reggie Hammond. Ventana is in the Arroyo Seco region, one of eight AVAs in Monterey County and lies between Soledad and King City, straddling Highway 101. Its neighbor is the more famous Santa Lucia Highlands appellation.

The winery has a tasting room at 38740 Los Coches Road in Soledead overlooking Ventana Vineyard, and in Monterey at the Old Stone House on Highway 68. The wines are also sold on the website with some wines only available in the tasting rooms

Reviewed Wines

2008 Ventana Arroyo Seco Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., $16.50. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. A fruitista perfume of cherries, raspberries and strawberries. Very tasty, slightly confected flavors of strawberries and red raspberries with a hint of sandalwood. Soft and smooth with minimal tannins. An easy, everyday back porch drinker. Good. Reviewed January 27, 2011 ARTICLE »

2006 Ventana Vineyards Arroyo Seco Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 1,800 cases, $28. Ventana Vineyards, founded by former Navy pilot, Doug Meader, was one of the pioneering wineries in Monterey County, and can now celebrate 30 years of winemaking. Over these years, Ventana has become “The Most Award-Winning Single Vineyard in America.” Ventana is a Spanish word for window so-named because the vineyard abuts the Ventana Wilderness and symbolizes a “window to the future in viticulture.” The current winemaker is Reggie Hammond. The Arroyo Seco region is one of eight AVAs in Monterey County and lies between Soledad and King City, straddling Highway 101. Its neighbor is the more famous Santa Lucia Highlands appellation. · Spiced cherry with a sidecar of oak on the nose leading to nicely-weighted fruits including cherries and red berries, all enhanced by Xmas spice and deft use of oak. Reminds me of a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Quite a charmer. Reviewed December 16, 2007 ARTICLE »