With the goal of highlighting the intrinsic virtues of the Arroyo Seco AVA's dried-Riverbed terrain, Mercy is fortunate to have relationships with three, contiguous vineyards in the appellation. Each property is meticulously farmed and has its own unique "voice", yet overall each showcases the innate thread-of-continuity that defines this specific, low-yielding and finite portion of California landscape.
Zabala Vineyard (photo):
Dating back to the Spanish Land Grant, the Zabala family has owned and farmed their property for seven generations. The property encompasses much of the Arroyo Seco "Riverbed" and is known for its meager, granite cobblestone-bed surface soil. Vines were first planted in 1972 and the vineyard is home to many different varietals. Mercy Vineyards sources Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah from the Zabala Vineyard.
Cedar Lane Vineyard:
Located against and somewhat sheltered by a natural bench, a 40-foot palisade of bedrock along it's northern boarder, this 60-acre vineyard is owned by Mark Chesebro and farmed by Michael Griva. Found at the base of the Santa Lucia Mountains the sand as well as shale and granite cobblestone topsoil are meager with little nutrients, ultimately helping to diminish yields. The vineyard is planted to multiple varietals, including 7 different clones of Pinot Noir of which Mercy Vineyards sources two ("Pommard" clone 4 and clone 667).
For six generations, since 1868, the Griva family has been farming on the Central Coast. The current vineyard property was purchased by the family in 1905. Comprised of alluvial soils - rock, gravel and sand - the property is located in the heart of the Arroyo Seco AVA. Planted to appropriate varietals, the vines date back to 1998. Managed by owner Michael Griva, Mercy Vineyards enjoys sourcing both Chardonnay (Robert Young and Dijon 76 clones) and Pinot Noir ("Pommard" clone 4, "Martini" clone 13, "La Tache" as well as clones 667 and 777) from the Griva family.