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J. Lohr Chardonnay Riverstone Arroyo Seco 2017

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Tasting Notes: “The 2017 Riverstone Chardonnay exhibits youthful hues of light to medium straw. The enticing aromas are reminiscent of peach, nectarine, marmalade, yellow floral, baking spices, and honey. Those aromas echo on the palate and are complemented by orange and apricot, and balanced with a creamy texture from aging sur lie. Flavors of crème brûlée and a touch of oak can be found on the long finish.” — Kristen Barnhisel, winemaker, white wine VINTAGE: The 2017 growing season was characterized by a cool spring in the Arroyo Seco. Cool, foggy mornings and evenings, with daytime highs in the 80s through the summer, provided optimum weather for ripening Chardonnay. The warm weather in early September, balanced by the afternoon winds of the valley, fully ripened the fruit and extended the 2017 growing season. The Chardonnay harvest began on October 7th, which is later than normal for this region, and finished on October 31. Our Riverstone Chardonnay is now comprised of nine Chardonnay clones - 4, 5, 17, 76, 95, 96, 548, 809 and Hyde-Wente - each bringing one component to the complexity of flavors, textures and acidities that will be found in the final blend. VINEYARDS: The vines for our J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay are grown primarily on Elder loam soils underlain by “riverstones” deposited over thousands of years by the Arroyo Seco River. These stones limit soil depth from one to four feet, although roots are found at greater depths. This unique combination of sandy loam and cobblestone soil keeps the vines’ vegetative growth and fruit in balance, while the cool climate and winds of the Salinas Valley extend the growing season - retaining the natural grape acids and intense varietal character of Chardonnay. FOOD PAIRINGS: This wine can be enjoyed with a variety of dishes, including classic herb roasted chicken, citrus marinated halibut, or moules marinière. Malolactic: 50% malolactic fermentation in barrel Maturation: Barrel-fermented and aged 7 to 9 months in new to fifth-fill oak barrels. Barrels were stirred weekly until they were gently pumped out. Barrel type: American, Hungarian and French oak pH: 3.52 Total Acidity: 0.69 g/100ml Alcohol: 14.2% by volume Residual Sugar: 0.45 g/100ml

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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

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Vintage: 2014 01/18/2016

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External Reviews for J. Lohr Chardonnay Riverstone Arroyo Seco

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
10/10/2018

Tasting Notes: “The 2017 Riverstone Chardonnay exhibits youthful hues of light to medium straw. The enticing aromas are reminiscent of peach, nectarine, marmalade, yellow floral, baking spices, and honey. Those aromas echo on the palate and are complemented by orange and apricot, and balanced with a creamy texture from aging sur lie. Flavors of crème brûlée and a touch of oak can be found on the long finish.” — Kristen Barnhisel, winemaker, white wine VINTAGE: The 2017 growing season was characterized by a cool spring in the Arroyo Seco. Cool, foggy mornings and evenings, with daytime highs in the 80s through the summer, provided optimum weather for ripening Chardonnay. The warm weather in early September, balanced by the afternoon winds of the valley, fully ripened the fruit and extended the 2017 growing season. The Chardonnay harvest began on October 7th, which is later than normal for this region, and finished on October 31. Our Riverstone Chardonnay is now comprised of nine Chardonnay clones - 4, 5, 17, 76, 95, 96, 548, 809 and Hyde-Wente - each bringing one component to the complexity of flavors, textures and acidities that will be found in the final blend. VINEYARDS: The vines for our J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay are grown primarily on Elder loam soils underlain by “riverstones” deposited over thousands of years by the Arroyo Seco River. These stones limit soil depth from one to four feet, although roots are found at greater depths. This unique combination of sandy loam and cobblestone soil keeps the vines’ vegetative growth and fruit in balance, while the cool climate and winds of the Salinas Valley extend the growing season - retaining the natural grape acids and intense varietal character of Chardonnay. FOOD PAIRINGS: This wine can be enjoyed with a variety of dishes, including classic herb roasted chicken, citrus marinated halibut, or moules marinière. Malolactic: 50% malolactic fermentation in barrel Maturation: Barrel-fermented and aged 7 to 9 months in new to fifth-fill oak barrels. Barrels were stirred weekly until they were gently pumped out. Barrel type: American, Hungarian and French oak pH: 3.52 Total Acidity: 0.69 g/100ml Alcohol: 14.2% by volume Residual Sugar: 0.45 g/100ml


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2016 08/30/2017

Vintage: The 2016 vintage was a cooler vintage with respect to recent years in Monterey County. This fluctuating growing season began with a moderate spring. Summer was moderate as well, with some added warmth, creating the perfect ripening conditions for our Chardonnay and preserving the fresh acidity that is a hallmark of Arroyo Seco fruit. Harvest began on September 15th and finished on October 17, which are considered normal for this region. Our Riverstone Chardonnay is now comprised of nine Chardonnay clones - 4, 5, 17, 76, 95, 96, 548, 809 and Hyde-Wente, each bringing a component to the complexity of flavors, textures and acidities that show beautifully in the final blend. Vineyards: The vines for our J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay are grown primarily on Elder loam soils, underlain by “riverstones” deposited over thousands of years by the Arroyo Seco River. These stones limit soil depth from one to four feet, although roots are found at greater depths. This unique combination of sandy loam and cobblestone soils keep the vegetative growth and fruit in balance, while the cool climate and winds of the Salinas Valley extend the growing season - retaining the natural grape acids and intense varietal character of Chardonnay. Winemaker’s Comments: The 2016 Riverstone Chardonnay exhibits youthful hues of light to medium straw. The enticing aromas are reminiscent of peaches, tangerine, yellow floral, baking spices, vanilla, and cocoa. These aromas echo on the palate and are complemented by fresh orange and apricot, balanced with creamy texture from aging sur lie. Flavors of crème brûlée and a touch of oak can be found on the long finish. — Kristen Barnhisel, winemaker, white wine Food Pairings: This wine can be enjoyed with a variety of dishes, such as salmon in a creamy citrus tarragon sauce, chicken with mushroom sauce, or apple fennel salad with a citrus vinaigrette. PH: 3.51 TOTAL ACIDITY: 0.70 g/100ml ALCOHOL: 13.76% by volume RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.43 g/100ml


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 10/12/2016

VINTAGE: The 2015 vintage was a very low rainfall year with an overall warm spring and summer. Early in the growing season it was warm and dry, which initiated bud break sooner than usual, and was followed by a bit of cool weather during bloom. Summer brought higher temperatures, but the afternoon winds created perfect ripening conditions for the Chardonnay and preserved the fresh acidity that is a hallmark of Arroyo Seco fruit. Harvest began about two weeks earlier than normal on September 8th and was completed by October 12th. WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS: The 2015 Riverstone Chardonnay exhibits youthful hues of light to medium straw. The enticing aromas are reminiscent of peaches, meyer lemon, yellow floral, baking spices, honey and cocoa. Those aromas echo on the palate and are complemented by fresh orange and apricot balanced with creamy texture from aging sur lie. Flavors of crème brûlée and a touch of oak can be found on the long finish. — Kristen Barnhisel, winemaker, white wine FOOD PAIRINGS: This wine can be enjoyed with a variety of dishes, such as salmon in a creamy dijon sauce, chicken with mushroom sauce, or niçoise salad with a citrus vinaigrette. pH: 3.54 Total acidity: 0.69 g/100ml Alcohol: 13.96% by volume Residual Sugar: 0.48 g/100ml


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 06/30/2015

VINTAGE: The 2014 vintage was the warmest in the last seventeen years. The total growing degree days (GDD) for the season were a warm 2,774 - a mid-Region II - well above the 2,365 GDD Region I average for the Arroyo Seco AVA. This atypical growing season began with a very warm, dry spring, which initiated early bud break and flowering. Summer, however, was cool and windy, which slowed the ripening for Chardonnay and preserved the fresh acidity that is a hallmark of Arroyo Seco fruit. Harvest began about one week earlier than normal on September 17th with the harvest of Dijon clones in blocks 2 and 4 of our Greenfield home ranch and finished on October 20th. Our Riverstone Chardonnay is now comprised of nine Chardonnay clones - 4, 5, 17, 76, 95, 96, 548, 809 and Hyde-Wente - which bring a complexity of flavors, textures and acidities. VINEYARDS: The vines for our J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay are grown primarily on Elder loam soils underlain by “riverstones” deposited over thousands of years by the Arroyo Seco River. These stones limit soil depth from one to four feet, although roots are found at greater depths. This unique combination of sandy loam and cobblestone soil keeps the vines’ vegetative growth and fruit in balance, while the cool climate and winds of the Salinas Valley extend the growing season - retaining the natural grape acids and intense varietal character of Chardonnay. WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS: The 2014 Riverstone Chardonnay has a youthful, brassy yellow color of medium depth. The aromas are fresh and reminiscent of ripe nectarine, apple and strawberry combined with honey, grilled hazelnuts and toasty oak from the barrel fermentation and sur lie aging. The palate weight is plump and rich, with flavors echoing the aromas with a delicate balance of acidity, buttery length and sophisticated elegance. — Jeff Meier, winemaker FOOD PAIRINGS: Excellent paired with Sicilian chicken with roasted lemons, capers and olives, moules marinières or a simple Thomas Keller roast chicken. pH: 3.54 Total acidity: 0.65 g/100ml Alcohol: 13.88% by volume Residual Sugar: 0.38 g/100ml



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