White Wine by Cinnabar from Central Coast, California. The 2018 Monterey Chardonnay shows aromas of yellow apple, green plum, and citrus rind. Chardonnay originated in the Burgundy region of France and is now planted in most regions around the world. In the Monterey AVA, Chardonnay makes up more than 50% of the grape vines grown there. Specific to this region, Chardonnay is distinct for its layers of tropical flavors and bright acidity. Central Avenue Vineyard and Lockwood Vineyard are on the valley floor of the Monterey appellation, near Greenfield and King City. The vineyards are comprised of shale and gravel soils. Afternoon breezes coming down from Salinas provide a cooling effect that helps maintain the grapes’ natural acidity.