We saw another dry spell during the 2015-2016 winter. The harvest started off early due to the low rain fall and the warm Spring and Summer. In 2016 the fruit ripening was nearly perfect throughout the entire season which allowed for full flavor development over long and even growing season. The wines Chardonnays exhibited classic tropical and tree fruit character with hints of citrus.
Arroyo Seco (“Dry Creek”), a sub-appellation of the Monterey AVA, enjoys a cool climate, producing an extended growing season (often 2 to 4 weeks longer than Napa Valley). This added hang time allows for greater fruit ripening and brighter acidity. The Estate’s vineyards, inland from Big Sur, have deep, gravelly soils, ideal for premium Chardonnay cultivation. This unique combination of soil and climate produces relatively small berries with intense, concentrated flavors. 2016 proved to be one of the warmest harvests for the traditionally cool Monterey AVA. A warm, dry spring season initiated an early bud break and flowering on the vines. However, a windy and temperate summer climate allowed for great preservation of our Chardonnay’s bright acidity.
This wine's thick and buttery aromas range from cashew cream and caramel to honeysuckle and Maui onion. Its powerful acidity cuts through the palate's unctuous and oily qualities, with buttercream and lemon juice flavors combining for a big personality.