J. Lohr 40th Anniversary Pinot Blanc

2013 in the Arroyo Seco was just about the perfect vintage. With warm dry weather from April to October, 2013 was the second warmest vintage in the last 12 years, which was a welcome break from three straight cool years. Although temperatures were warm in 2013, there were no days over 100 degrees, and no rainfall during ripening, which allowed for as much hang time as needed to achieve big ripe flavors.

Pinot Blanc was one of the 11 original varieties planted by Jerry Lohr in our estate vineyards in the Arroyo Seco AVA of Monterey County. Although we later found our Pinot Blanc was in fact Melon de Bourgogne, we always had a fondness for the varietal, as it made great wines from the very first vintages, and the 1975 was one of the first white wines produced by J. Lohr. Those early vines were in decline by the late 1990s and were removed after the harvest of 1999. However, our desire to revisit this variety never faded, and in 2009 we planted a small 6.45 acre vineyard of true Pinot Blanc, Clone 7 on SO4 rootstock, with our neighbor and joint venture partner, Michael Griva, near his 19th century family barn.


Appellation: Arroyo Seco, Monterey, CA
Composition (Blend): 100% Pinot Blanc
Harvest Dates: September 29, 2013
Harvest Chemistries: 25.5° Brix average, 3.49 pH, 0.96 g/100ml total acidity
Vinification: Yeast: CY3079
  Fermentation: In barrel for an averate of 17 days
  Maturation: In neutral French oak and and new acacia barrels for 6 months with weekly stirring of each barrel starting November 2013 until March 2014.
Bottling Chemistries: PH: 3.53
  Total acidity: 0.67 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 14.2% by volume
  Residual sugar: 0.30 g/100ml
Cellaring: Delicious now through 2018
Cases Produced: 1,954 six-bottle cases

To celebrate J. Lohr’s 40th anniversary, we offer a special bottling of 2013 Pinot Blanc. This wine, made in homage to our inaugural 1975 Pinot Blanc, shows vibrant yellow hues with aromas of peach, melon, honey and lemon blossom. Crisp acidity balances a creamy rich palate, with lingering flavors of apricot, citrus and melon.
-Karl Antink, white winemaker

Pair with grilled soft shelled crabs and apple-fennel salad, quiches, grilled swordfish with basil-caper butter and soft cheeses.

Ripe fruit aromas of peach, melon and citrus flowers, with barrel-fermented sur-lie richness. Very fruity, complex
and rich.

Price: $40.00 750ml

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