Monterey County's Arroyo Seco AVA is many things: windblown, numbingly cold, fog laden, semi-arid, rock strewn, austerely beautiful. In essence, the perfect grape source for Mercy wines.
Mercy Vineyards represents a pursuit to showcase the innate spirit of Monterey County's Arroyo Seco AVA as one of the preeminent locales for the cultivation of world-class Burgundian varietals, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Established by vintner Mark Dirickson and general manager Mike Kohne, the wines are sourced from three contiguous vineyards, all located in a specific part of the appellation - the dried riverbed. Found along the banks of a now seasonal creek, this unique riverbed corridor features ideal maritime climate with rocky, meager surface soil and hardpan just feet below ground. Low yields, unique soil attributes and meticulous farming combine to produce flavorful and distinct grapes. Grown in such a dramatic setting, the wines truly are at the Mercy of Mother Nature.
Mercy Vineyards is the fruition of friendship. Vintner Mark Dirickson has known Mike Kohne for over a decade and have, collectively, been in the wine industry for over 45 years. Their experiences lead them to believe that the confluence of regional aspects in the Arroyo Seco AVA's river channel make it one of world's ideal growing regions for the wines they produce. Sourcing idyllic fruit, the wines are vinified by Mike, whom, since making his first wine in 2001, has been involved with a multitude of robust wine programs. Produced in small lots, the winery employs classical winemaking techniques to help enhance the overall character of the Mercy wines.
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