Monterey, California

Poppy Wines are the house brand of Monterey Wine Company, a custom-crush facility. They are fortunate to enjoy close relationships with growers in Monterey County’s most prized appellations. These relationships allow them to develop grape or bulk wine delivery arrangements for clients’ programs. Their Poppy brand insures that winemaking staff stays in touch with seasonal growing conditions — they visit the contracted vineyards regularly and keep a finger on the pulse of each vintage. The wines are carefully crafted to have a sense of place, true varietal character, be consistent from vintage to vintage, and have an approachable price point. Shelftalkers  Winery Website 
mw-pop-chardPoppy Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands
Youthful notes of lemon and honeysuckle are layered over ripe melon, nutmeg, and clove. The perception of sweetness is derived from fruit ripeness, aging on regularly stirred yeast lees in the presence of aged French Oak.
mw-pop-pnPoppy Pinot Noir. Monterey
Displays complex fruit characters and finesse, offering a delicate mid palate from natural balanced acidity. Vibrant aromas of cherry pie with a touch of macerated plum and tri-state strawberries invite the senses into this enjoyable Pinot Noir. The red fruit brightens across the palate, picking up raspberry and spice. Soft and silky through the middle, with a vibrant juicy finish and proper acidity for a pleasant mouth-feel.
tapp form-horizPoppy Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
A rich and full-bodied wine with aromas of black cherry, sweet boysenberry
and spicy cinnamon, compliment the ripe flavors of black currant and plum. Adding a small amount of Syrah and aging the wine on a mixture of American and French oak imparts intensity and depth as well as sweet spices such as vanilla and hints of nutmeg.
poppy-pn-rsvPinot Noir Reserve, Santa Lucia Highlands
Our Reserve Pinot Noir is produced from grapes grown in Monterey County’s Santa Lucia Highlands AVA, well known for its ideal climate for growing Pinot Noir grapes. The morning and night-time fog and the coastal breeze from Monterey Bay mitigate temperatures, creating a classically cool-climate area with long ripening period. The Highlands vineyards are planted on the terraces of the Santa Lucia mountain range, overlooking the Salinas River Valley, and in close proximity of the Pacific Ocean. : The grapes were received with minimum processing, and about 20% are received as whole clusters. After 2-3 days of cold soaking the fermentation slowly starts. The fermentation temperature is moderate and the pump-over regime is carefully tailored to assure a good extraction of color and flavors without excessive tannins. After a gently pressing, the young wine is settled and then transferred to small French oak barrels for aging, for at least one year. This is a wonderful expression of Pinot Noir, coming from this area. Our Reserve offers distinctive aromas of raspberries, dried strawberries, baking spices and violets in a lovely coat of mocha, sweet vanilla and a splash of bacon fat resting on the plush, silky finish.