The Arroyo Seco AVA is centered around Monterey County's Arroyo Seco River, a seasonal waterway that brings rain and snowmelt from the Santa Lucia Mountains to the Salinas River. Commercial grape growing started there in 1961 and has grown to some 7,000 acres under vine. The region is about 40 miles away from the deep waters of Monterey Bay and parts of it get direct exposure to the Pacific Ocean through the Salinas Valley.
Chesebro Cedar Lane Sauvignon Blanc, Arroyo Seco 2016
This wine has a lovely golden tint. The nose is full of citrus zest and a lanolin component, with only a slight grassiness. It's a very California SauvBlanc. On the palate, there's more lemon, some apricot and a gorgeous salinity with a zippy acidity to carry things along. The mouth, however, is full and rich while the long finish leaves lemon peel lingering. Alcohol sits at 12.5% abv and the wine sells for $18.
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