A tart, young, lean and concentrated wine, with sharply focused pear and pineapple flavors that gain elegance and finesse on the finish, with very fine balance, crisp acidity and long fruity flavors on the aftertaste.
Coarse, gravelly soils ... stratified silts. Sand and stone. These are the handiwork of the Arroyo Seco River that wound its way through the Salinas Valley eons ago. Today, those rocky soils provide excellent drainage for Jekel's 440 acres of vineyards that sit on the sloping alluvial fan created by the river. These are quite literally, the "rocky" beginnings of each Jekel wine. Here, the coarse soils force the plants to grow deep roots, which help produce intensely flavored grapes.
The soil are complemented by the unique micro-climate of the Arroyo Seco Valley. Cooling marine winds from the Monterey Bay extend the harvest and allow the grapes to ripen slowly and fully for more complex flavors and greater retention of natural fruit acids. Because of the cool climate, rainfall and well drained soils, grapes have been grown in this region for more then 200 years. Jekel has been growing premium wine grapes in this valley since 1972 and producing wine here since 1978 when the winery was completed.
All of Jekel's wines are made exclusively from grapes grown in Jekel's vineyards and are bottled on the premises.