Working in wine production since 1994, winemaker at Cima Collina Winery Annette Hoff Danzer is no stranger to the ins and outs of turning out good quality wine. She produced Cima Collina’s first vintage in 2005 from the winery’s Hilltop Vineyard in Carmel Valley—and the delightful 2013 Pinot Blanc is a testament to her skills.
A refreshing wine with good acidity, this crisp Pinot Blanc has characteristic aromas of pears, apples, and a touch of almond extract and quince, as well. A delightful spring wine—just perfect to take on a picnic—Cima Collina suggests pairing it with chicken cordon bleu or spring vegetable stew
- Josie Cowden, Good Time Santa Cruz, April 2016
2010 Meritage – 92 points. Delicious. Deep opaque ruby in the glass with thick gorgeous slow forming tears, aromatic nose of dark fruits dominated by cherry and baked yellow cake aromas, palate is full bodied and fruit driven, black fruits, boysenberry, currant, plum, and cacao, vanilla and baking spice notes that go on and on to a long lingering finish.
- cellartracker.com, December 2016
Cima Collina – a “favorite” in Santa Lucia Highlands tasting – “2014 Tondre Grapefield Chardonnay had a small welcome amount of residual sugar in their Chablis-like Chard. The 2012 Tondre Grapefield Late Harvest Riesling had a lovely mouth-coating viscosity.”
- Eve Bushman, Eve’s Wine 10, February 2017
Some of the best food and wine pairings sampled were the 2010 Cima Collina Chardonnay from Tondré vineyard paired with butternut squash soup… The wine’s dry, limey minerality was accentuated by the pumpkin seeds: lovely combo. The 2008 Cima Collina Monterey Pinot Noir was soft and fruity, with a top note of raspberry gumdrops and an undertone of pomegranate and earthiness, which worked nicely with the stuffed mushroom with spinach and cheese.
- Laura Ness, The Californian
2012 Pinot Noir: A cool and attractively layered nose displays hints of spice and menthol along with a pretty mix of both red and dark pinot fruit aromas. There is good vibrancy and delineation to the medium weight flavors that culminate in a dusty, delicious and linear finish that evidences a hint of warmth. This should repay well a few years of cellar time to flesh out but it could be drunk now. Good quality for the SRP. 88/2018+
2012 Pinot Noir “Palisades”: Here the menthol character is more pronounced on the spicy and ripe liqueur-like dark berry fruit aromas. There is excellent size, weight and power to the big-bodied flavors that coat the mouth with dry extract that also serves to buffer the firm tannic spine on the robust finish. This is a big and rustic wine that won’t win awards for elegance but it can’t be criticized for lacking concentration or personality! I can’t say that the style is for me but it’s well made and if your taste runs to big and bold pinot, this would be a good one to consider. 90/2021+
2012 Pinot Noir – Tondre Grapefield Pommard 4 Clone:. There is just enough reduction present to push the underlying fruit to the background though it does seem ripe. Otherwise there is both good volume and punch to the slightly round and more pliant middle weight flavors that are notably less structured on the ever-so-mildly warm finish. This too is well-made and a wine that could be approached now if desired. 89/2019+
- Allen Meadows, Burghound.com - The ultimate Burgundy reference, April 2016
The 2012 Tondre chardonnay is tasting really fine: nice and buttercreamy with ample weight and fruit to satisfy lovers of richer chards. The 2012 sauvignon blanc will delight those who like life on the sweeter side, with ripe grilled pineapple and sticky sweet mango flavors. (source)
- Laura Ness, the Californian, July 2014
One of five to watch in Monterey County (source)
- San Jose Mercury News, October 2013
I know what it feels like to live in a place that others visit on vacation. It is easy to take for granted something you see every day. But this was our groups’ first visit to Cima Collina, so the beauty and charm of the place was not lost. Many thanks to you all for helping to provide a truly amazing experience for the spouses at our Directors’ Offsite. From the preparation to the execution, all went well. The event felt relaxed and comfortable, due in no small part to the significant work put in to make it so. While you had a great landscape to work with, it was the people that made it special. Of course, the great wine might have helped!
- Vicki Dillon, Pacific Life Insurance Company
Again, the Bouquet (wine) was a perfect balancing act as the butternut soup is rich and creamy on its own, and we all found the Chardonnay-based blend very enhancing. What a way to eat soup and vegetables! Thanks, Cima Collina! (source)
- George Edwards, Monterey Herald, “Cima Collina blend a tasty pairing partner” October 2013
The result is a wonderful diversity of wine.
Sauvignon Blanc: Several spots in Monterey, including Arroyo Seco and Carmel Valley, have terrific potential for a modestly ripe style of Sauvignon Blanc that retains great freshness. Look for: Cima Collina
“Monterey County wine crop a diversity to relish”
- SFGATE, Jon Bonné