Chalk Knoll Vineyards
San Lucas AVA
San Ardo, Monterey County, California
Located in the San Lucas AVA in Southern Monterey County, just north of Paso Robles, Chalk Knoll Vineyards encompasses 320-acres. Unlike other AVAs in Monterey County, San Lucas is less affected by coastal breezes from Monterey Bay. This results in a warmer overall climate during the daytime and temperatures that often fluctuate as much as 40 degrees during the summer, day to night. This temperature swing is one of the contributing factors to the longer growing season, and gives the fruit time to develop a full body and flavor. The vineyard is planted with mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot for contracted production, but also includes Syrah and the “Primitivo” clone of Zinfandel. Planted on the highest peak in the area, the concentrated chalk and limestone soil produces fruit of intense flavors with elegant mineral qualities unique to the Central Coast of California.