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J. Lohr October Night Chardonnay 2006

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VINTAGE Coming on the heels of a large 2005 vintage, 2006 saw a return to a winter of average rainfall (which is about 11 inches in Greenfield), a mild spring, and a more typical Chardonnay crop. I also made a conscious decision based on a tasting early in 2006 to let our Dijon and Musqué Chardonnay clones ripen more fully and create grapes of greater volume and texture. Both the weather and cluster morphology in 2006 cooperated to produce aromatically intense and richly-flavored clone 809 Chardonnay from J. Lohr's October Night Vineyard. VINEYARDS The October Night Vineyard lies in the Arroyo Seco AVA of Monterey County, but is west and south of our original 1972 plantings along Cypress Avenue – moving towards the mouth of the Arroyo Seco--providing the vines a slightly more wind protected environment in which to grow. The vineyard is comprised largely of Dijon Clone 809 Chardonnay – known in some circles as the Musqué Clone – and produces a very distinctive and attractive, powerful floral character. The soil is laden throughout its loamy profile with "Greenfield potatoes," stones that resemble potatoes in size and appearance and which absorb heat during the day and radiate their heat after sunset, enhancing floral character and richness. TECHNICAL DATA Origin: October Night Vineyard, Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County Composition: 100% Chardonnay Harvest Dates: October 1st, 2006 Process: Night harvested, vineyard pressed (to 0.6 bars) and settled Harvest Chemistries: 24.1° Brix average, pH=3.52, Total Acidity 6.7g/Liter Vinification; Yeast: M2 Fermentation: In barrel for an average of 11 days Malolactic: Inoculated each barrel with MCW strain of malolactic bacteria on November 13th 2006. Completed malolactic fermentation on December 14th, 2006. Stirring: Weekly stirring of each barrel starting November 13th, 2006 until January 2007 (during malolactic fermentation and one month post) Post-Stirring: Monthly topping up of barrels and free sulfur dioxide and oxygen monitoring Maturation: Aged in barrel "sur lie" in 20% new Francois Frères French "Troncais" oak WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS The 2006 J. Lohr October Night Vineyard Chardonnay is an attractive pale yellow in color, with floral aromas of white flowers, tangerine, lemon curd and butterscotch. The winemaking technique to enhance the floral nature of this Chardonnay included barrel fermentation in largely one-year-old French oak barrels in the coldest corner of our barrel room, followed by malolactic fermentation with lees stirring, all contributing to a wonderfully complex floral bouquet that is echoed on the palate with textural richness. Given its unique characters, the October Night Chardonnay would be an ideal accompaniment for an asian pear salad with scallops or delicately-flavored white fish entrees. 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

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Snooth User: Toothpick
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4.50 5
04/24/2008

Sorry - I know nothing about wine or how to describe it properly. We had this one at a wine tasting event in a local shop that was featuring J Lohr. I have to say I'm a J Lohr fan and have been for a long time. This one was wonderful. A sort of Buttery, creamy smooth, easy, and light taste that I just loved. We took home two bottles.


Snooth User: ragflyer
15620346
3.50 5
04/24/2009

A rich,mouthful ending with butterscotch. This is a great example of a big label still able to produce an exceptional smaller lot of wine. It is the grape, the malolactic fermentation and oak aging with careful attention to winemaking that bring forth this exceptional wine. A wine for people who enjoy a floral intense nose, a filling the mouth with with floral cream intensity and ending with soft lingering butterscotch.


Snooth User: Jayesh Patil
102362483
3.50 5
04/10/2012

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for J. Lohr October Night Chardonnay

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
11/25/2009

J. Lohr Chardonnay October Night Vineyard Arroyo Seco 2006 750ML


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
05/17/2010

The 2006 J. Lohr October Night Vineyard Chardonnay is an attractive pale yellow in color, with floral aromas of white flowers, tangerine, lemon curd and butterscotch. The winemaking technique to enhance the floral nature of this Chardonnay included barrel fermentation in largely one-year-old French oak barrels in the coldest corner of our barrel room, followed by malolactic fermentation with lees stirring, all contributing to a wonderfully complex floral bouquet that is echoed on the palate with textural richness. Given its unique characters, the October Night Chardonnay would be an ideal accompaniment for an asian pear salad with scallops or delicately-flavored white fish entrees. - Jeff Meier, winemaker



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VINTAGE Coming on the heels of a large 2005 vintage, 2006 saw a return to a winter of average rainfall (which is about 11 inches in Greenfield), a mild spring, and a more typical Chardonnay crop. I also made a conscious decision based on a tasting early in 2006 to let our Dijon and Musqué Chardonnay clones ripen more fully and create grapes of greater volume and texture. Both the weather and cluster morphology in 2006 cooperated to produce aromatically intense and richly-flavored clone 809 Chardonnay from J. Lohr's October Night Vineyard. VINEYARDS The October Night Vineyard lies in the Arroyo Seco AVA of Monterey County, but is west and south of our original 1972 plantings along Cypress Avenue – moving towards the mouth of the Arroyo Seco--providing the vines a slightly more wind protected environment in which to grow. The vineyard is comprised largely of Dijon Clone 809 Chardonnay – known in some circles as the Musqué Clone – and produces a very distinctive and attractive, powerful floral character. The soil is laden throughout its loamy profile with "Greenfield potatoes," stones that resemble potatoes in size and appearance and which absorb heat during the day and radiate their heat after sunset, enhancing floral character and richness. TECHNICAL DATA Origin: October Night Vineyard, Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County Composition: 100% Chardonnay Harvest Dates: October 1st, 2006 Process: Night harvested, vineyard pressed (to 0.6 bars) and settled Harvest Chemistries: 24.1° Brix average, pH=3.52, Total Acidity 6.7g/Liter Vinification; Yeast: M2 Fermentation: In barrel for an average of 11 days Malolactic: Inoculated each barrel with MCW strain of malolactic bacteria on November 13th 2006. Completed malolactic fermentation on December 14th, 2006. Stirring: Weekly stirring of each barrel starting November 13th, 2006 until January 2007 (during malolactic fermentation and one month post) Post-Stirring: Monthly topping up of barrels and free sulfur dioxide and oxygen monitoring Maturation: Aged in barrel "sur lie" in 20% new Francois Frères French "Troncais" oak WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS The 2006 J. Lohr October Night Vineyard Chardonnay is an attractive pale yellow in color, with floral aromas of white flowers, tangerine, lemon curd and butterscotch. The winemaking technique to enhance the floral nature of this Chardonnay included barrel fermentation in largely one-year-old French oak barrels in the coldest corner of our barrel room, followed by malolactic fermentation with lees stirring, all contributing to a wonderfully complex floral bouquet that is echoed on the palate with textural richness. Given its unique characters, the October Night Chardonnay would be an ideal accompaniment for an asian pear salad with scallops or delicately-flavored white fish entrees. Jeff Meier, winemaker

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