Arroyo Seco Wine

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The Arroyo Seco (“dry creek”) AVA is located within the Salinas Valley in the Monterey region in California’s Central Coast. While it has emerged as a quality wine region, it has a shaky recent past. 

1972 marked the year that Bill Jekel founded Jekel vineyards and Douglas Meador founded Ventana vineyards. They both soon found great success with producing high quality wines. However, the rest of the region was not so lucky. The 1960s UC Davis temperature study was favorable to the area, so many vineyards were founded based on the reports of temperature quality alone, without researching other important factors such as wind and soil. The region is prone to very windy conditions, which can halt ripening in the grapes. There was also a rash of uneven ripening in rows that were planted too long into the hills. Grapes had to be picked in small sections, which was time-consuming and wasteful. To add to this, many fields were over-irrigated and not properly pruned. Many wines from this Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Wente Vineyards Merlot 2011

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    like the burst of berries, but found it a bit too cloying Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Wente Vineyards Chardonnay Livermore Valley 2011

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    fair balance of tropical fruits and oak Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Agate & Elm Chardonnay 2013

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    Worst chardonnay ever! Tastes like a muscato. If I didn't know any better, I would think it was a mix up, but I don't think that happens. Read More

    Wine review by jack pirtle


  • Agate & Elm Chardonnay 2013

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    A recent Tasting Room selection; Bright pale silver gold in the glass. Opens with Caramel, Lemon, and a bit of Bullion/Umami; then more Caramel, Honey, & Raisin; then Must/Musk and Honey with a bit of Neoprene - all very pleasant, though. Big and full in the mouth. Long finish of silky Toffee, Lemon, and Ripe Peach with Oak and Cola. Medium Acid... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • J Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay Arroyo Seco 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by twilightblue02


  • Wente Vineyards Pinot Noir Riva Ranch 2012

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    Cherry cola and cinnamon notes on the nose with classic black cherry and vanilla supporting. Elegant notes of black cherry, dark chocolate and licorice on the palate, with some clove and cedar notes, a touch of black pepper and a finish of vanilla.88 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Okay, getting back to the topic at hand, in effect the Santa Lucia Highlands ... of those mountains.  Arroyo Seco is basically due east of Big Sur.  And there's San Antonio Valley a little further south.  (Pierce Family, whom I have touted on the "Completely Different" thread, are down there.)  Here's a nice map: http://wine.appellationamerica... Read More

    Forum post in the topic From Santa Cruz south through...


  • Scott Family Estate Chardonnay 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • J. Lohr Estates Falcon's Perch Pinot Noir 2011

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    Dark and distinguished color in the glass. Light purple fruits break apart on the palate, scattering a strawberry pink-fruit essence. Lots of heat on the front and back palate with a distinct overlay of blackberry and cherry notes. Read More

    Wine review by Claudia Angelillo


  • J Lohr Chardonnay Riverstone Arroyo Seco Monterey 2012

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    Nearly sparkling with a hint of sweetness, but overall on the dry side. Lemon lime fizz, brass doorknobs, and apricot spice on the palate. At only 12% alcohol, it's decent for a Wednesday evening. Read More

    Wine review by Claudia Angelillo


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