2009 Arroyo Seco Monterey County Chardonnay
Gold Medal: 2011 Orange County Wine Competition; Ripe nose of honey drenched mango, coconut oil, and vanilla.
Gorgeously ripe nose of honey drenched mango, coconut oil, and vanilla with just a kiss of jasmine. The nose leads into a supple mouthful of rich tropical fruit and graham cracker all riding on a honeyed beam of acidity. Most notably in the this wine, the pitch perfect fruit and acid tension.
Style: Full, Bold
Let it be known that I absolutely love Arroyo Seco Chardonnay. One of my favorites from the late 90’s was the Bernardus Chardonnay so if you had an affinity for that wine yourself you will absolutely love this Lot 238 (and, no, this wine is not from Bernardus!). This wine is 95% barrel fermented in primarily new American oak and is one beautifully lush, inviting, and absolutely sundrenched Chardonnay. It is quintessential, nay, archetypal California Chardonnay from the late 90’s, done to perfection. Now here’s the clincher: I like this wine better than Lot 209! This is first run stuff made for us by a partner winery and if all goes to plan we’ll have this on an ongoing basis. Keep your fingers crossed.