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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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  • Merlot

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • 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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    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


  • 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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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


  • Wente Vineyards Reliz Creek Pinot Noir Arroyo Seco 2010

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    Wine review by mark


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