You must have heard of Chardonnay, which is well known for being well-balanced, rich, and full-flavored. The grapes that are used for making this luscious white wine are actually derived from the Highlands of Santa Lucia. That is a place where the flavors and aromas fall into the range of the tropical fruit. So all you need to do is think about pineapple, citrus, mango, pear, and peach.
The vineyards of this area are situated on elevated ground and thus the grapes get the full rays of the morning sun as well as the cool breezes that come from the nearby Monterey Bay. This affords a very long growing season to the grapes so that there is optimal development of fruit and tannin. Thus the climate is responsible for allowing the growth of more delicious grapes and they result in a wider variety of famous wines like those that are found in the Mondavi’s Solaire collection.