Chardonnay Riverstone 2006
VINTAGEThe vintage of 2006 will be remembered as one of great calm. Ample winter rainfall, followed by a cool spring and summer returned us to a rather late-ripening vintage and honestly, one that is preferred by most winemakers. Sugar levels and flavors in the Chardonnay fruit gradually rose together through the month of September, with mild temperatures dominating the Arroyo Seco appellation. We made a conscious decision to pick all of our Chardonnay fruit at riper levels in 2006, especially the French clones 76, 95 and 96 to further enrich the flavor of Riverstone Chardonnay. In this cool vintage, that meant waiting until September 27th for the first pick of our French clone Chardonnay in Block 2 at 24.7 Brix and concluding harvest on November 5th with the final pick of California-clone Chardonnay at 27.1 Brix. The result of the late and long ripening 2006 season was richly textured, highly flavored Riverstone Chardonnay with excellent acidity and balance.CHARDONNAY The 2006 vintage marks the twentieth year of production of our Riverstone Chardonnay from our vineyards in the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey County. Each year, starting in 1995, we have experimented with and have incorporated higher percentages of traditional Burgundian production techniques into Riverstone, until the desired complexity and end-results were achieved (reaching 60% in 2000). The result is a complex and nuanced Chardonnay with an abundance of Arroyo Seco fruit, with subtle barrel fermentation and malolactic character. The vines are grown primarily on Elder loam soils underlain by "riverstones" deposited over thousands of years from the Arroyo Seco river, allowing a four-foot rooting zone that keeps the vines vegetative growth and fruit in balance. Additionally, the cool climate and winds of the Salinas Valley extend the growing season and retain the natural grape acids and intense varietal character of the Chardonnay. TECHNICAL DATAOrigin: Riverstone, Arroyo Seco AVAComposition: 100% ChardonnayHarvest Dates: September 27th to November 5th, 2006Brix at Harvest: 24.75 averageTotal Acidity: 0.81 g/100 mlpH at Bottling: 3.38Alcohol: 13.97% by volumeVinification: 100% barrel fermented in combined French and American oak at 55F to 65F.Malolactic fermentation in barrel of 60% of the ChardonnayMaturation: 9 months in combined French and American oak Barrels from new to third fill. WINEMAKERS COMMENTSThe 2006 J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay has a youthful, brassy yellow color with moderate depth. The aromas are of nectarine, peach pie and apple--combined with the perfumed vanilla and toasted oak bouquet from barrel and malolactic fermentation and sur lie aging--creating an elegant Chardonnay from Montereys Arroyo Seco AVA. The flavors are very clean, with peach, nectarine and citrus with subtle butter and vanilla toastiness, producing layers of complexity with an excellent balance of fresh fruit acidity and palate weight. This wine is ideal for pairing with oven-roasted chicken, Dungeness crab or cream-sauced pasta dishes.Jeff Meier, winemaker
spice/cream scent, butter & spice flavor, creamy mouth-feel
Tart apple and pear on the nose. Bright and very flavorful. This one usually goes for about 20 bucks, and I saw it on one-week sale for 10, so grabbed it on a whim. Balanced but intense flavor makes it a great match for heavy, spicy hot foods. Dense mouth feel. Slightly astringent back-end. A little bit sparkling.
Green apple, banana in the nose; tart apple, citrus and tropical fruit flavors on the palate with distinct oak and some malolactic cream/butter notes continuing through the finish. Decent body and structure but a little acidic.
I liked this wine but it was not a favorite. The nose seemed like a pineapple. The initial flavor was very tart and put me off but the aftertaste smoothed out. I did find out after tasting the wine that my wife had opened it two days ago and recorked and vacuumed the bottle.
I love this wine. It is crisp, not too sweet, and almost sparkling.
Currently my house white wine
External Reviews for Chardonnay Riverstone
Great balance of fruit and oak with the great California toastiness. The price is even better.
Mittelschweres Strohgelb mit Goldreflexen. Delikate Aromen von Limetten, Nektarinen, Pfirsich unterlegt von dezenten Röstaromen, Caramel, Butter und Vanille. Im Gaumen kräftig mit viel Schmelz und gut im Hintergrund eingebundenen Holzaromen. Sehr langer, erfrischender und warmer Abgang.
Wine Tasting NotesThe Riverstone Chardonnay is brassy yellow in color, with Arroyo Seco appellation terroir-based aromas of peach pie, green apricots, bosc pear, lime and wet stones. This wonderful fruit is complemented by a buttery, toasty, vanilla oak bouquet from the barrel fermentation and sur lie aging. The flavors echo the aromas with stone fruits, pear, butter, and toasty oak, producing layers of complexity with an excellent balance of acidity and palate weight making it ideal for pairing with richly textured fish and shellfish or cream sauced pasta dishes.