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by Fred McMillin
A Shark Attack
"Critics happily attacked Monterey wines like sharks in a feeding frenzy."...Wine Enthusiast Magazine, April 2000
The Rest of the Story
Here's what caused the attack.
In 1970 Monterey County had less than 100 acres of vines bearing grapes. Only four years later there were over twenty five thousand acres of vines in the county.
In the rush to crush, a lot of Cabernet Sauvignon was planted in a lot of very cool places...too cool to ripen that varietal adequately.
Consequently, the grape that made California's greatest wine when grown in the Napa Valley was making vegetal-flavored claret in the foggy northern end of Monterey County's Salinas Valley. The critics were merciless.
Today's winery was founded in Monterey right in the middle of the rush, 1973. Critic Norm Roby wrote that in a few short years the Monterey Vineyard project was disintegrating rapidly.
Wine of the Day
Monterey Vineyard 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon
A lot of dollars went down the tubes in those early Monterey plantings. Some Cabernet vines did not produce even one grape!
This page created August 2000