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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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

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


    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

  • Sandlands, the new Tegan Passalacqua project, released today with an ... ... ... Vineyard is planted in Arroyo Seco sandy loams, riddled with chunks of quartz and granite.White pepper, orange zest, bright blue fruits, smoke and leather.  Medium bodied, focused and structured. 12.9% alc. 2012 Trousseau Sonoma Coast4 barrels produced Planted at... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Muirwood Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Monterey 2010


    Excellent value Cabernet from the Central coast. Prunes, pepper, and a few earth tones. Tannins are not as round as I like, but good nonetheless. At this price, this will become a regular drinker. Read More

    Wine review by pboss

  • Vintjs Arroyo Seco Chardonnay 2012


    I wasn't expecting much as this wine is one those Trader Joe's labels. Actually, it was very nice. Rich fruit, slight honey, oak. Great value. My rating 89-90 Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko

  • Wente Vineyards Reliz Creek Pinot Noir Arroyo Seco 2010


    Very Pinot on the nose with black cherry, earth, and a nice shading of oak, over a little rhubarb and herb. Opening with lovely spice on the palate this is soft and gentle yet moderately intense on the palate with lots of a raspberry and cherry. The style that recalls Pinot from an earIier time, Attractive clarity on the palate with nice mineral... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Wente Vineyards 'Riva Ranch' Reserve Chardonnay 2012


    90% bf, 10% SS, eight months sur lie, two to three perfect gewurztraminerBig woody spice and lots of vanilla greets the nose along with rich pineapple, a little nutmeg, and subtle backing notes of tropical fruits. In the mouth this is fairly rich and very true to the nose with powerful flavors dripping in peachy, pineapple, spicy tropical fruit ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Scott Family Estate Pinot Noir Dijon Clone 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • Muirwood Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Monterey 2010


    Not bad, not great Central Coast cabernet. Dark fruit, prunes, raisins with medium acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • J. Lohr Pinot Noir Vineyard Series Fog's Reach 2011


    Big black cherry, vanilla and cola notes greet the nose along with nuanced smoky, toasty oak, black currant jam and a bit of clove. A bit less intense than the nose suggest, this is none the less a fairly rich wine though one with plenty of acidity keeping it lively in the mouth. Packed with black cherry and black raspberry fruit over some stone... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Wente Vineyards Reliz Creek Pinot Noir Arroyo Seco 2010


    Maybe we got a bad bottle -- but this tasted like a cross between port and maneschevitz. High alcohol content and dense. Really surprising in a bad way. Read More

    Wine review by jfadgen

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