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J. Lohr Chardonnay Riverstone Arroyo Seco 2015

External Review by We Speak Wine:

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

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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

External Reviews for J. Lohr Chardonnay Riverstone Arroyo Seco

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
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



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