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Estates Bay Mist White Riesling 2007

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VINTAGEThe 2007 vintage got off to a late start due to extremely cold weather in January, which put our vines into a deep dormancy. White Riesling is typically the last variety to push buds, but the mid-April budbreak was late even for Riesling in the Arroyo Seco. We had good cluster numbers in 2007, but as the cool growing season progressed, we realized that the clusters were going to be lighter producing a smaller yield than average. We also had some mildew pressure, which manifested itself with a mild outbreak of the noble rot, also known as Botrytis. The combination of environmental conditions, hastened ripening of our White Riesling with harvest commencing on October 21st at 23.5 Brix and 0.72 grams/100 ml of acidity, with flavors of pear, peach, dried apricots and honeydew melon.WHITE RIESLINGThe release of the 2007 J. Lohr White Riesling marks the thirty-first vintage from our Bay Mist vineyard in the town of Greenfield in Monterey County. The vines are grown in Chualar loam soils underlain by stones deposited from the Arroyo Seco. The winds of the Salinas Valley extended the growing season and the fruit retained the natural grape acids. The pure manifestation of fruit from the vineyard is our primary goal in producing this varietal, employing a combination of cultured yeasts fermented in stainless steel.TECHNICAL DATAOrigin:Bay Mist Vineyard in Monterey CountyComposition:100% White RieslingHarvest Date:October 21st to 22nd, 2007Brix at Harvest:23.5 averageTotal Acidity:0.72 g/100 mlpH at Bottling:3.08Alcohol:12.92% by volumeResidual Sugar:1.98 g/100 mlVinification:Stainless steel fermented 55% M2 (floral enhancing strain)22.5% R2 (cold fermentation temperature tolerance) and22.5% Fermichamp.Maturation:85 days in stainless steel post fermentationBottling Date:January 14th, 2008WINEMAKERS COMMENTSThe 2007 J. Lohr Estates Bay Mist White Riesling is a pale brassy yellow color with enticing fruit aromas of pear, lychee, ruby grapefruit, honeydew melon and apricot. The 1.98% residual sugar is balanced by the crisp grape acidity and natural spritz from a long cool fermentation, making the 2007 White Riesling an enticingly fruity, refreshing wine capable of complementing the vibrant flavors of Thai curried chicken, Indian Mughlai Biryani chicken, or as an aperitif.Jeff Meier, winemaker

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J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines:
Founded in 1972, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines crafts an array of acclaimed wines from estate vineyards in Monterey County, Paso Robles and Napa Valley. From this world-class palette of fruit, J. Lohr produces three tiers of award-winning wines – J. Lohr Estates, J. Lohr Vineyard Series and J. Lohr Cuvée Series. Selecting Monterey County’s Arroyo Seco appellation for his o... Read more
Founded in 1972, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines crafts an array of acclaimed wines from estate vineyards in Monterey County, Paso Robles and Napa Valley. From this world-class palette of fruit, J. Lohr produces three tiers of award-winning wines – J. Lohr Estates, J. Lohr Vineyard Series and J. Lohr Cuvée Series. Selecting Monterey County’s Arroyo Seco appellation for his original vineyard, Jerry planted his first 280 acres of grapes beginning in 1972. Ideally suited for cool-climate winegrowing, these vineyards have become an acclaimed source for outstanding Chardonnay, Riesling, Valdiguié and Pinot Noir. At the heart of J. Lohr’s renowned red wine program are its 2,000 acres of estate vineyards in Paso Robles. Featuring warm, sunny days, cool nights and diverse soils, these vineyards have proven ideal for cultivating a flavorful array of grapes including voluptuous and complex Bordeaux varietals of Cabernet, Merlot and Cabernet Franc along with Syrah and Zinfandel. Read less

Member Reviews for Estates Bay Mist White Riesling

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Snooth User: KMEllis
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4.50 5
04/27/2009

Butter and Oak. Family favorite.


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
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3.00 5
11/24/2009

aromas of toast, bisquits, and buttercup with hints of golden apples and citrus fruits. Oak tasted on the palate with a toasty vanilla, citrus notes on the finish, nice acidity balanced with the fruit. enjoyed with lighter dishes.


Snooth User: tabednar
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4.00 5
07/26/2009

Of the many Rieslings I have recently tried this is one of my favorites. Not sweet like some Riesling but has a crisp apple, peach, and spice flavor. Very pleasant finish and great wine to drink on a hot day. Very refreshing.


Snooth User: tabednar
949302,449
3.00 5
07/26/2009

Very good price for this Chardonnay but it didn't bring much to the table that made it unique. Dry with good acidity and a mineral taste that is very subtle. Slight hints of peach and apricot but overall I wish I could pull more from it.


Snooth User: ttutony
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3.50 5
03/22/2009

Served chilled. Good fruit with excellent nuances of vanilla and oak. Medium to full body with nice but not overpowering acidity. Very enjoyable.


Snooth User: jlohrwines
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5.00 5
07/08/2009

A Go-to Chardonnay! perfect balance of fruit and oak. Lovely with seafood or poultry especially on the grill.


Snooth User: beactive
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1.00 5
10/11/2009

too dry and crisp not what I was expecting from a Riesling.


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External Reviews for Estates Bay Mist White Riesling

External Review
10/15/2009

Drink on its own as a wonderfully complex and lively aperitif or as a great accompaniment to seafood, particularly lobster and shrimps or to any white meat dish.


External Review
11/25/2009

J. Lohr Chardonnay Riverstone Arroyo Seco 2007 750ML


External Review
03/05/2009

Great balance of fruit and oak with the great California toastiness. The price is even better.


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesThe J. Lohr Estates Bay Mist White Riesling is a very youthful, pale brassy yellow color with enticing fruit aromas of apricot, passion fruit, lychee, curry and coconut. The 2.14% residual sugar is balanced by the crisp grape acidity and natural spritz from a long, cool fermentation, making the White Riesling a delightfully fruity, refreshing wine, capable of complementing the vibrant flavors of Pacific Rim cuisine, Indian curried chicken, or served as an aperitif.


External Review
01/15/2009

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 Monterey's 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.



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VINTAGEThe 2007 vintage got off to a late start due to extremely cold weather in January, which put our vines into a deep dormancy. White Riesling is typically the last variety to push buds, but the mid-April budbreak was late even for Riesling in the Arroyo Seco. We had good cluster numbers in 2007, but as the cool growing season progressed, we realized that the clusters were going to be lighter producing a smaller yield than average. We also had some mildew pressure, which manifested itself with a mild outbreak of the noble rot, also known as Botrytis. The combination of environmental conditions, hastened ripening of our White Riesling with harvest commencing on October 21st at 23.5 Brix and 0.72 grams/100 ml of acidity, with flavors of pear, peach, dried apricots and honeydew melon.WHITE RIESLINGThe release of the 2007 J. Lohr White Riesling marks the thirty-first vintage from our Bay Mist vineyard in the town of Greenfield in Monterey County. The vines are grown in Chualar loam soils underlain by stones deposited from the Arroyo Seco. The winds of the Salinas Valley extended the growing season and the fruit retained the natural grape acids. The pure manifestation of fruit from the vineyard is our primary goal in producing this varietal, employing a combination of cultured yeasts fermented in stainless steel.TECHNICAL DATAOrigin:Bay Mist Vineyard in Monterey CountyComposition:100% White RieslingHarvest Date:October 21st to 22nd, 2007Brix at Harvest:23.5 averageTotal Acidity:0.72 g/100 mlpH at Bottling:3.08Alcohol:12.92% by volumeResidual Sugar:1.98 g/100 mlVinification:Stainless steel fermented 55% M2 (floral enhancing strain)22.5% R2 (cold fermentation temperature tolerance) and22.5% Fermichamp.Maturation:85 days in stainless steel post fermentationBottling Date:January 14th, 2008WINEMAKERS COMMENTSThe 2007 J. Lohr Estates Bay Mist White Riesling is a pale brassy yellow color with enticing fruit aromas of pear, lychee, ruby grapefruit, honeydew melon and apricot. The 1.98% residual sugar is balanced by the crisp grape acidity and natural spritz from a long cool fermentation, making the 2007 White Riesling an enticingly fruity, refreshing wine capable of complementing the vibrant flavors of Thai curried chicken, Indian Mughlai Biryani chicken, or as an aperitif.Jeff Meier, winemaker

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