Posts Tagged Arroyo Seco

2013 Wente ‘Riva Ranch’ Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco, Monterey

While Wente’s historic home is California’s Livermore Valley, the family also has a well-sited vineyard in the Arroyo Seco area of Monterey County, which has proven to be an ideal setting for growing Chardonnay. The 2013 Riva Ranch Chardonnay... Read more

2013 J. Lohr ‘Flume Crossing’ Sauvignon Blanc, Arroyo Seco, Monterey

Light straw color. This is an eminently likeable, fruit-forward style of Sauvignon Blanc, showing zesty lime, white grapefruit, passionfruit, a hint of banana, and fresh snap pea. It has a juicy vibrancy on the palate, a note of creaminess from... Read more

2013 Wente ‘Riva Ranch’ Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco, Monterey

Clear straw color with an occasional light green glint. The nose shows an ample concentration of ripe apple and stone fruit, with notes of brown spices, vanilla, and butter. The juicy, spiced fruit expands in the mouth, finishing with a kiss of... Read more

2012 J. Lohr ‘Fog’s Reach’ Pinot Noir, Arroyo Seco

There’s a lot going on in this wine’s aroma spectrum, starting with fleshy black cherry and pomegranate impressions, adding a black tea note, and then turning Burgundy-like with whiffs of tomato and earth. (The Pomerol clone component adds the... Read more

2012 J. Lohr ‘October Night’ Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco

Young wines that utilize a good deal of new French oak in their aging regimen — in this case, nearly half of the barrels — often present themselves in “parts.” You can taste the oak... then you can taste some fruit... then you may taste some... Read more

2012 J. Lohr ‘Arroyo Vista’ Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco

Lush and complex, the nose offers up aromas of buttered toast, baking spices, ripe apple, peach and lemon zest. There’s a full, palate-coating viscosity in the mouth, leaving a lingering spiced butter afterflavor, while a good thread of citric... Read more

2012 La Crema Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco

Bright golden straw color. Perfumed aromas of white flowers, vanilla, butter, lemon/lime, and a note of apples lead to flavors of butter, baking spices, and tropical fruit. The wine coats the palate, but has bright acidity that keeps it fresh and... Read more

2012 La Crema Pinot Noir, Arroyo Seco

Nearly transparent dark coral color. Pleasant aromas of sweet fruit (fleshy black plum and red berries) are accented by toasty oak, menthol, cedar, and earth. Darker fruit emerges in the mouth, with ample earthy, silty tannins present through to the... Read more

2011 Carmel Road Pinot Noir, Panorama Vineyard, Arroyo Seco, Monterey County

Opaque dark crimson color. The beguiling nose delivers raspberry, cherry cola, plum, clove, and cinnamon, with an additional dark flower perfume. Silky and feminine in the mouth, showing little heat despite the 15% alcohol content, this is a... Read more

2011 J. Lohr ‘Fog’s Reach’ Pinot Noir, Arroyo Seco, Monterey

Nearly transparent light ruby, picking up some pink at the rim. The nose is full of jammy strawberry and raspberry fruit, joined by whiffs of sweet vanilla and white pepper. Well balanced with nuanced oak shadings, the wine offers bright red fruit... Read more