About this Wine
Arroyo Seco literally translates to “Dry Riverbed,” but this small appellation in the center of Monterey County’s Salinas Valley is an oasis of viticulture.
Famous for growing Chardonnay grapes full of tropical fruit and refreshing acidity, Arroyo Seco’s mix of gravelly and sandy loam soils develops complexity. The warm midday sun reflects off large river stones, absorbing heat during the day and radiating that heat in the evening, preventing the vines from freezing during frigid nights. Afternoons bring cool winds from Monterey Bay, refreshing the vines, intensifying the fruit flavors and allowing the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly.
100% Malolactic fermentation
50% Barrel fermentation; 8 months barrel aging in 65% French oak, 35% American oak
50% Stainless steel fermentation; 8 months barrel aging in 50% French oak, 50% American oak
This creamy, layered Chardonnay features aromas of crème brulee, golden apples and toasted marshmallows. The palate reveals tropical fruit and pineapple flavors complemented by a velvety texture and rich, buttery finish.
Herb-crusted halibut with minted sweet pea purée, or a spread of mild, semi-soft goat and cow’s milk cheeses.
- Arroyo Seco
Current Vintage Accolades – 2016
Los Angeles International Wine Competition
TEXSOM International Wine Awards