Named after the dramatic, seasonal river of rain and snowmelt that cuts through the upper elevations of the Santa Lucia Mountains, the Arroyo Seco AVA extends east from the resultant mountain gorge, and into the rural and warm Salinas Valley. During the growing season, cool and damp Pacific Ocean air penetrates the gorge and flows into the valley, creating a cool evening respite for vineyards after a hot summer day. This natural water-release has also created a subterranean aquifer, which helps set the foundation of the AVA's boundaries and supplies the vineyards with water.
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 91 points?- 2018 Ultimate Wine Challenge (Tried and True Award) - Smoky, toasty, and flinty over ripe, golden apples, this is a full-bodied, rich Chardonnay with loads of butter, vanilla, and sweet spice that linger on the lengthy finish. This is a fine wine to pair with pastas and dishes with cream sauces.?(Jun?2018)