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Accolades

Monochrome Wines 2022 Bottle

”Winemaker Dave McGee experiments with methods like extended skin contact to craft complex whites with intense aromatics, luscious textures and concentrated, layered flavors. This lineup of 2021s is especially beautiful and shows just how underrated white wines still are in Paso Robles.”
- Erin Brooks, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

”These wines are non-traditional blends of white varieties that are grown throughout the Central Coast. I find the 2021 vintage to be the most exciting yet. They represent some bold experimentation.”
- Doug Wilder, Purely Domestic Wine Report

”White wine lovers finally have a place to geek out at Monochrome Wines, which focuses solely on California white blends that you’d be hard pressed to find elsewhere. While most winemakers might raise an eyebrow at these wines on paper, they’re surprisingly bright, multidimensional and complex.”
- Jess Lander, San Francisco Chronicle

#9 Wine of 2023 (Monochrome 2021 Barrel Distortion)
- RH Drexel (for JebDunnuck.com)

Starting with our first vintage in 2016, Monochrome’s wines have received an overwhelmingly positive response from top wine critics and wine writers.  All six of our 2021 vintage wines received scores of 95 points or higher from critics such as Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.  Since our first vintage, 44 of our wines have been reviewed by critics, and all 44 have received scores of 90 points or higher.

97 Points

2021 Center Tone
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
(their highest score ever for a Paso Robles white wine)

96 Points

2021 Barrel Distortion
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
(their highest score ever for an American Albariño)

2021 Altered Images
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
(their highest score ever for an American Chenin Blanc)

95+ points

2020 Playing Against Type
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

95 points

2022 Blasphemy
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

2022 Center Tone
Wine Enthusiast

2021 North By Southwest
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
(their highest score ever for an American dry Gewürztraminer)

2021 Sense Of Out Of Place
Purely Domestic Wine Report

2021 Smile
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

94 Points

2022 Barrel Distortion
Wine Enthusiast

2022 By The Book
Wine Enthusiast

2022 Smile
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

2020 Center Tone
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

93 Points

2022 North By Southwest
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

2022 Vibrance
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Wine Enthusiast

2020 Barrel Distortion
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Wine Enthusiast

2020 North By Southwest
Purely Domestic Wine Report

2020 Smile
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

2020 Wall Of Sound
Purely Domestic Wine Report, Vinous

2019 Neither Here Nor There
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

2018 Sense Of Out Of Place
Jeb Dunnuck

2018 Wall Of Sound
Wine Enthusiast

2017 Altered Images
Purely Domestic wine Review