Literally translating to Dried Riverbed, Arroyo Seco is home to a broad range of microclimates. A western narrow valley shielded by the Santa Lucia range is the smallest and warmest subsection. The main portion opens up to the Salinas Valley, where the full blast of Pacific Ocean breezes delay ripening and aid in acidity retention.
Zabala Vineyard One of Monterey County’s oldest vineyards, Zabala was planted in 1972. Soils are composed of large, rounded riverbed cobblestones blanketed over trace amounts of well-drained sandy loam. Family-owned, impeccably cared-for, and certified organic. Hand-harvested at night. Upon entering the winery, the grapes are hand-sorted. Half of the grapes are whole-cluster pressed, while the other half are foot-stomped and receive about 4 hours of skin contact. After a native yeast fermentation in a combination of stainless steel and neutral barrique, the wine is then aged in those same vessels. After 9 months, the wine is racked, lightly fined with bentonite, and bottled unfiltered.
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