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Arroyo Seco Wine Monterey, California

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Named after the dramatic, seasonal river of rain and snowmelt that cuts through the upper elevations of the Santa Lucia Mountains, the Arroyo Seco AVA extends east from the resultant mountain gorge, and into the rural and warm Salinas Valley. During the growing season, cool and damp Pacific Ocean air penetrates the gorge and flows into the valley, creating a cool evening respite for vineyards after a hot summer day. This natural water-release has also created a subterranean aquifer, which helps set the foundation of the AVA's boundaries and supplies the vineyards with water.

Arroyo Seco was actually home to the first commercial vineyard in California, called Mission Ranch, which was owned and propogated by the Mirassou family in the 1960s.

Chardonnay is most widely grown here. But as one of Monterey’s warmer regions, Arroyo Seco enjoys the highest praise for its reds, namely Bordeaux blends.

Arroyo Seco is one of the oldest AVAs in California, its status granted in the early 1980s, and also remains one of its smallest.

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  • J. Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    J. Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Arroyo Seco, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Harken Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Harken Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Arroyo Seco, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Bonny Doon Le Cigare Blanc 2019  Front Label
    Bonny Doon Le Cigare Blanc 2019
    Rhone White Blends from Arroyo Seco, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • CRU Arroyo Seco Unoaked Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    CRU Arroyo Seco Unoaked Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Arroyo Seco, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    • Bonny Doon Beeswax Vineyard Picpoul 2020  Front Label
      Bonny Doon Beeswax Vineyard Picpoul 2020
      Picpoul from Arroyo Seco, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    • Wente Riva Ranch Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
      Wente Riva Ranch Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Arroyo Seco, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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      • Carmel Road First Row Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
        Carmel Road First Row Pinot Noir 2013
        Pinot Noir from Arroyo Seco, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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