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J. Lohr Chardonnay Riverstone Arroyo Seco 2016

External Review by We Speak Wine:

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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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
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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