The 2018 growing season started off with ample rain, which helped to replenish soils after 5 years of drought. The much-needed rainfall helped to generate healthy vine growth. Mild spring weather led to successful bloom and set of healthy grape clusters. Warmer temperatures in July helped to achieve full ripeness in the grapes. A heat wave in early September sped up ripening, but by the end of the month it slowed back to normal as the temperatures cooled.
- Appellation: Arroyo Seco
- Aging: Stainless Steel and French Oak,
- Alcohol: 14.5%
Arroyo Seco (“Dry Creek”), a sub-appellation of the Monterey AVA, enjoys a cool climate, producing an extended growing season (often 2 to 4 weeks longer than Napa Valley). This added hang time allows for greater fruit ripening and brighter acidity. The Estate’s vineyards, inland from Big Sur, have deep, gravelly soils, ideal for premium Chardonnay cultivation. This unique combination of soil and climate produces relatively small berries with intense, concentrated
Food Pairing Notes
We recommend pairing this wine with chilled corn & pistachio soup and your favorite crab cakes. Also delicious with soft cheeses such as a triple-crème served with apples.