Slope of Gold 4-9-08

The Santa Lucia Highlands sit high above the fertile Salinas River Valley, where miles and miles of produce are farmed year after year.  Fruit grown at this elevated located can enjoy the full effect of fog, which keeps morning temperatures in the high 40’s to low 50’s. Soil also drains exceptionally well, and winds off the Pacific ensure afternoons are not much warmer than the mid-70’s.  Thus, cool weather loving varietals like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir flourish in this area. Syrah can also thrive in this A.V.A when planted in areas that are protected from the maritime winds and, are thus, slightly warmer.