Jackson Estate Seco Highlands Chardonnay 2021
A rich, lively wine offering floral notes and balanced oak. The Rued clone imparts a Muscat/Gewürztraminer nose that makes the Seco Highlands Chardonnay a very inviting and surprising wine. The Arroyo Seco (Spanish for Dry Creek) appellation of Monterey County is in the center of the chilled Salinas Valley. Just the right distance from the Pacific Ocean to balance warm, sun-drenched days for ripeness, with the cooling effect of a marine layer (fog) and cold nights for bright, fresh acidity. Complex regions create the most interesting wines.
90 points, Matt Kettman, Wine Enthusiast, July 2022
Tart lime aromas meet with richer guava flesh on the nose of this bottling. There’s a plumeria and tuberose character to the palate, where tropical guava flavors are cut by tangerine rind and orange pith.
Aged 9 months in 100% French oak barrels, 66% new, with a medium toast.
Elevation: 250 - 350 feet above sea level
Soil: Western slope of Arroyo Seco region that is an alluvial bench of sandy loam and gravel soils.
Climate: Quite windy, yet nestled against the Santa Lucia mountains which reduces the wind factor. Fog is usually thick in the evenings coming in daily from the Monterey Bay.