POPPY

POPPY WINES: CALIFORNIA.

"This must be the best-value Chardonnay from Santa Lucia Highlands ... it's lush and creamy with great complexity for the price." Decanter Magazine, October 2015

A range of wines produced by the Monterey Wine Company in King City, Monterey. This trio, proudly badged with California’s heraldic poppy shows skill in winemaking matched with great provenance of fruit. Grapes come mostly from five vineyards: the Poppy Hillside and Evelina Marie Estate vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands and Silva Family, Beeswax and Bella Vita vineyards in Arroyo Seco. The Arroyo Seco and Santa Lucia Highlands appellations share similar weather patterns that are excellently suited to the production of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Nighttime temperatures tend to stay between 50 and 55 degrees, while daytime temperatures range from 70 to 80 degrees. This moderate climate, combined with the coastal fog, contributes to the low pH, bright acidity and red fruit flavours in the Pinot Noir especially.

The wines are brilliantly made and taste just as Californian Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon should, with a style that is bright and clean, fruit-driven, yet with elegance and balance.