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2012 J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir

VINTAGE
Pinot Noir in Monterey County saw a wonderfully cool growing season that finished with a bang. Growing degree days were similar to 2007; well below the long-term average and just a touch warmer than the preceding cooler vintages of 2010 and 2011. We gladly avoided a frost scare that came just a week after bud break in early March. Our favorable weather through bloom at the end of May set our average crop size at just under 4 tons per acre for the Falcon’s Perch. Moderate daytime temperatures during veraison, between 75 and 85 degrees, bring out the best color development. This is exactly what occurred in the Monterey region in August of 2012. The textbook weather continued until Mother Nature decided it was time for us to pick and brought two days of over 100 degrees on October 1st and 2nd, breaking a 100 year temperature record. Harvest immediately went into full swing on our coveted crop and the 2012 Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir is now showing rich, full structure with great aromatic development at bottling.


VINEYARDS
Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir is produced from cool climate grapes grown in select vineyards within and surrounding the Arroyo Seco region of central Monterey County. This region has earned a well-deserved reputation for producing world-class Pinot Noir. Over the past decade, the introduction of Dijon clones of Pinot, along with the old standby Pommard clone, has dramatically increased the quality of the varietal here. These newer clones are the backbone of this release of Falcon’s Perch, named for the bird which had made its home in the lone pine tree among the vines, safeguarding the grapes from vertabrate pests while preserving the ecosystem’s natural balance.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: Monterey County, CA
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Harvest Date: October 2 through 20, 2012
Cold Soak: 3 day cold soak prior to fermentation
Brix at Harvest: 26.5° Brix
Vinification: Fermentation: Fermented as 12-ton lots in open-top punchdown tanks, 5 to 10 days with light pumpovers and daily punchdowns. Temperatures peaking at 95°F rendered a high, complex color in the wine.
  Malolactic: 100% ML, Viniflora Oenos
  Maturation: Matured in stainless steel with a fraction aged in French oak barrels
  Barrel Type: 15% in second fill French oak barrels
Bottling Chemistries: PH: 3.76
  Total Acidity: 0.70 g/100 ml
  Alcohol: 13.66 % by volume
  Residual Sugar: 0.3 g/100 ml
Cellaring: Tannin stucture will soften in the first year along with the evolution of an aromatic bottle bouquet. Best between 2014 and 2016.

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2012 Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir offers complex varietal aromas of cherry preserves, violets and dried herbs lifted by vanilla spice. Brushy red fruit on the palate finishes with talc and a touch of rhubarb pie. The fresh acidity invites a wide range of food pairings.
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Delicious with classic Southern shrimp gumbo, smoked salmon on savory crackers, or a ripened goat cheese coated with ash.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Varietal aromas of cherry preserves, dried herbs and violets lifted by vanilla spice.

Price: $17.00 750ml



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2011 J. Lohr Late Harvest White Riesling - Sold Out

VINTAGE
The 2011 vintage was one of the coldest since the El Niño and La Niña years of 1998 and 1999. Although the cumulative 2200 growing degree days are slightly higher than those of 2010, the vintage proved dramatically cooler given the very cold, late winter and delayed bud break. In fact, parts of the Arroyo Seco had their first vine-damaging spring frost ever! 2011 was an ideal vintage for our Late Harvest Riesling with cool, moist air ensuring the development of Botrytis, the Noble Rot. Our well-trained vineyard workers selected each cluster by hand, keeping only the perfect Botrytis-affected berries and removing the rest. This is a wine that was truly made in the vineyard.


VINEYARD
Our Riesling vineyards lie just north of Cypress Avenue in the heart of our original Greenfield vineyard plantings in the Arroyo Seco AVA. A portion of the vines still in this vineyard were our first White Riesling vines, planted in 1972 by Jerry Lohr. The remainder were planted in 1995. The soils are largely Chualar loam, underlain by stones deposited by the Arroyo Seco River for over a millennium. The winds of the Salinas Valley are particularly intense in this area due to its position at the beginning of an elevated plateau just to the north.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin:  Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA
Composition: 100% White Riesling
Harvest Date: October 25, 2011
Process: Hand-harvested in early morning, destemmed and crushed into press for 18 hours of skin contact.
Harvest Chemistries: 33.3° Brix, total acidity 0.75 g/100ml, pH 3.02
Vinification: Yeast: Maurivin Unity
Fermentation: In stainless steel and neutral oak barrels for 41 days
Temperature: 58°F
Maturation:
In stainless steel and neutral oak barrels
pH at Bottling: 3.14
Total Acidity: 0.77 g/100ml
Alcohol: 10.55% by volume
Residual Sugar: 13.7 g/100 ml
Cases Produced: 242 cases (in 375ml bottles)
Cellaring: Delicious now, but can be cellared for 10 to 15 years
   

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
This wine is the result of our meticulous selection of only the best Botrytis-affected berries. Its deep golden hues, firm acidity and layers of apricot, citrus oil and honeysuckle are reminiscent of the great Trockenbeerenauslese wines of Germany. The natural sweetness is balanced by both the acidity and palate structure.
-Jeff Meier, Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Pair with nuts and strong cheeses or crème brûlée, apricot tart or vanilla gelato.

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2012 J. Lohr Gesture Grenache Rosé

VINTAGE
The ideal season for growing Grenache Rosé might offer a wet winter to feed the roots, cool spring temperatures to nurture flowers and lots of warm 90 degree summer days with cool nights to ripen the fruit while preserving acidity. The real world never works quite that way, but we can always dream. The 2012 season followed a dry winter in Paso Robles, leaving vines on the smaller size. Our springtime temperatures regularly topped 90 degrees, causing the bloom to “shatter”, leaving loose clusters to ripen through the summer. One thing we can always count on are the cool 50 degree nights throughout the summer in Paso Robles, which always keep this wine fresh and bright with acidity. A winemaker’s appetite for this pink “liquid delicacy” never dissipates as we chase the endless summer.


VINEYARD
30% of the fruit is from one of our newest vineyards, located about 5 miles north of our Paso Robles winery. This vineyard has helped us strengthen our Rhône program and this enticing Grenache Rosé. The site is located near the northern boundary of the Paso Robles appellation and supports both our sustainably-farmed vineyard and an active wildlife corridor. The remaining 70% of the Grenache came from two vineyards in the Willow Creek district of Paso Robles, an area known for world class Grenache, while a splash of Counoise contributes a peppery note.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, California
Composition: 99% Grenache, 1% Counoise
 Harvest Dates: October 5th and 20th, 2012
Harvest Process: Hand-harvested and whole cluster pressed
Harvest Chemistries: Brix 22.0° avg, pH 3.30, total acidity 0.66 g/100ml
Vinification: 
  Yeast: Sequential inoculations of Frootzen and Enoferm QA23
  Fermentation: Stainless steel tank
  Temperature: Fermentation at 52 to 59°F
  Maceration: Minimal maceration from use of “Champagne” style press cycle
  Malolactic: None
  Bottle Aging: Bottled March 20th, 2013
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.30
  Total Acidity: 0.52 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 12.68% by volume
  Res. Sugar: 0.12 g/100ml
  Cellaring: Floral and fruit character are most brilliant in the first year.
  Cases Produced: 793

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
“Aromas of mandarin orange, asian pear and red clover appeal to the nose. The light palate expresses fresh fruit and lean acidity, with a touch of pepper on the finish. A perfect pairing with healthy summer cuisine.”
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
A wonderful companion for shellfish, sushi or a whole grain summer salad.

 

Price: $18.00 750ml

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2012 J. Lohr Gesture RVG - Sold Out

VINTAGE
The 2012 vintage started out very much like 2010 and 2011, with below average spring and early summer temperatures and lots of cloud cover, but rainfall amounts were not even half of 2010 and 2011 with only 7.2 inches falling. Fortunately, the weather during flowering was favorable, leading to uniform fruit-set with ideal yields. Summer was warmer than the past two vintages, with many days teetering on triple-digit temperatures in July and August, resulting in much closer to historical averages. This late season heat allowed for the full development of ripe flavors and perfect natural acidity.


VINEYARD
The grapes for the 2012 Gesture RVG were sourced from J. Lohr’s Gean Vineyard. The Gean Vineyard, planted in 2010, is one of Jerry Lohr’s newest plantings and is the western-most vineyard in the Paso Robles appellation. With a climate nearly identical to that of the Northern Rhône, combined with well-drained soils of calcareous shale and weathered sandstone, make this vineyard ideal for Roussanne, Viognier and Grenache Blanc. The warm days with south and west exposures on this hillside vineyard help to naturally develop ripe, lush flavors, while the cool nights allow for hang time, giving the wines power and depth.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation:  Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Composition: 80% Roussanne, 18% Viognier, 2% Grenache Blanc
Harvest Dates: August 31, 2012 through September 20, 2012
Harvest Process: Hand-harvested and whole cluster pressed
Harvest Chemistries: 22.4° Brix, pH 3.56, total acidity 0.61 g/100ml
Vinification:  
  Yeast: VL1 and VL2
  Fermentation: In barrel for an average of 17 days
  Maturation: In French oak and stainless steel barrels for 7 months, with weekly stirring of each barrel starting November 2012 until March 2012
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.58
  Total Acidity: 0.55 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 13.72% by volume
  Res. Sugar: 0.57 g/100ml
  Cellaring: Drink now through 2017
  Cases Produced: 250

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
“Layered aromas of ripe pear, crème brulée, lemon blossom and bees wax merge into lingering citrus and stone fruit flavors. Bright natural acidity frames the lush, creamy palate, creating a complex, aromatic full-bodied white wine.”
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

Food Pairings
The 2012 J. Lohr Gesture RVG pairs well with paella and rich seafood dishes, roasted root vegetables and poultry. Nuts, dried fruits and cheeses are a perfect accompaniment to the big Roussanne-dominated flavors.

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2012 Cypress Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

VINTAGE
The windswept Cypress tree, the unmistakable signature plant of California’s coastal terrain, owes its gnarled appearance to the maritime air’s persistent movement inland and seaward. The ocean’s infl uence on the Central Coast winegrowing region is significant, keeping coastal and inland valleys refreshingly cool at night, while preserving the grape’s natural acidity. For Cypress Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2012 vintage was characterized by high winter rainfall followed by moderate spring and warm summer temperatures. This vintage produced exceptionally dark colored Cabernet Sauvignon with ripe, pure varietal flavors. Our passionate commitment to our Cypress Vineyards red wines is to preserve and showcase the alluring black currant and cherry fruit flavors resplendent in grapes grown in the Central Coast.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation:  Central Coast, CA
Composition: 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petite Sirah, 5% Syrah, 5% Valdiguié, 4% Petit Verdot
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.75
  Total Acidity: 0.64 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 13.55% alcohol by volume
  Res. Sugar: 0.32 g/100ml

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2012 Cypress Vineyards Cabernet is dark purple in the glass with a youthful red hue. The aroma is an attractive mix of ripe black cherry and raspberry, with a bouquet of vanilla and smoky cedar. Round, sweet and crisp on the palate, this Cabernet Sauvignon is serious enough for the connoisseur, yet a good choice for anyone who simply enjoys a good glass of red wine. This delicious wine pairs well with a range of casual dining options, from burgers, to ossobuco or pasta, and can be enjoyed in its youth, or cellared three to five years.

 Price: $10.00 750ml

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2010 ARIEL Non-Alcoholic Cabernet Sauvignon

ARIEL Cabernet Sauvignon is a dealcoholized wine composed of Cabernets from the 2010 vintage, produced in a sustainable winery in Paso Robles, California. After undergoing fermentation in stainless steel cooperage, the wine is separated from the skins, and a portion of it is moved into oak barrels for extended aging. Just prior to bottling, the alcohol is gently removed by cold fi ltration, leaving less than 0.5% alcohol by volume.
 


TECHNICAL DATA

Composition: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon; 15% Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah
Bottling Chemistries:
  Ethanol:  0.5% by volume
  Serving Size: 8 ounces
  Calories: Approximately 52

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
ARIEL oak-aged Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of black currants, cherry, blueberries and chocolate, with soft tannins and a dry fi nish. Enjoy ARIEL Cabernet Sauvignon with beef, lamb and red sauce dishes.

Price: $9.00 750ml

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2010 ARIEL Non-Alcoholic Merlot

ARIEL 2010 Merlot is a dealcoholized wine made in a sustainable winery in Paso Robles, California. The fruit was crushed, fermented and aged in stainless steel using traditional red wine methods, and after fermentation, the wine was separated from the skins and moved to small French Oak barrels for aging. Just prior to bottling, the alcohol is gently removed by cold fi ltration, leaving less than 0.5% alcohol by volume.
 


TECHNICAL DATA

Composition: 75% Merlot; 25% other Bordeaux varietals
Bottling Chemistries:
  Ethanol: 0.05% by volume
  Serving Size 8 ounces
  Cases Produced: 2,100
  Calories: Approximately 50

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
ARIEL 2010 Merlot has aromas of cherry, raspberry and cassis combined with a white chocolate, clove and oak bouquet from barrel aging. This is a complex dealcoholized wine that makes an ideal accompaniment to beef, lamb and wild game dishes.

Price: $9.00 750ml

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2011 Cypress Vineyards White Zinfandel

VINTAGE
The windswept Cypress tree, the unmistakable signature plant of California’s coastal terrain, owes its gnarled appearance to the maritime air’s persistent movement either inland or seaward.  The ocean’s influence on the Central Coast winegrowing region is significant, keeping coastal and inland valleys refreshing cool, while preserving the grape’s natural acidity and flavor. Temperature is critical for development of fragrance, flavor and acidity – too little heat, and grapes rarely ripen, too much and the acidity, delicate and endearing qualities of the grape are lost.  For Cypress Vineyards White Zinfandel, the daily cooling air from the Pacific moves directly from Monterey Bay and down the Monterey appellations of the Salinas Valley, creating a White Zinfandel with delicate raspberry, strawberry and watermelon aromas and flavors matched with a crisp acidity.  Harvesting and pressing in the vineyard at night ensures the preservation of these bright fruit flavors.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation:   
Composition: 76% Zinfandel, 15% Gewurztraminer, 9% Orange Muscat
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.14
  Total Acidity: 0.74 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 11.51% alcohol by volume
  Res. Sugar: 1.68 g/100ml

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2011 Cypress Vineyards White Zinfandel has a vibrant pink color and bright aromas of fresh strawberries, melon, rose petal and lychee. It is deliciously refreshing in its style, with strawberry and melon fruit fl avors, crisp acidity and a hint of spritz to balance its delicate touch of sweetness. This is an ideal picnic wine that can be enjoyed with spicy Asian dishes, Caribbean cuisine or BBQ.

Price: $6.00 750ml

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2010 ARIEL Non-Alcoholic Chardonnay

ARIEL Chardonnay is a dealcoholized wine made in a sustainable winery in Paso Robles, California. Composed of Chardonnays from the 2010 vintage, with an emphasis on tropical fruit character, ARIEL Chardonnay is fermented cold in stainless steel cooperage and small French oak barrels. Once fermentation is complete, it is blended before undergoing more oak barrel aging. Just prior to bottling, the alcohol is gently removed by cold filtration, leaving less than 0.5% alcohol by volume.

CHARDONNAY
ARIEL 2010 Chardonnay grapes are carefully chosen from a variety of regions in California, with vineyards selected for Chardonnay exhibiting an emphasis on tropical fruit aromas.


TECHNICAL DATA

Composition: 75% Chardonnay, 25% other whites
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.17
  Ethanol: 14.09% by volume
  Res. Sugar: 3.88 g/100 ml
  Cellaring: Enjoy now, or wait up to two years.

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
ARIEL Chardonnay has a distinctive combination of buttery apple and butterscotch characteristics, combined with a toasty French oak bouquet. This nonalcoholic wine should continue to develop complexity as it ages. Enjoy ARIEL Chardonnay with richer seafoods, veal, duck and cream pasta dishes.

 

Price: $9.00 750ml

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2010 Cypress Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

The windswept Cypress tree, the unmistakable signature plant of California’s coastal terrain, owes its gnarled appearance to the maritime air’s persistent movement inland and seaward. The ocean’s influence on the Central Coast winegrowing region is significant, keeping coastal and inland valleys refreshingly cool at night, while preserving the grape’s natural acidity. For Cypress Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2010 vintage was characterized by high winter rainfall and was the coolest growing season in a decade. This vintage produced exceptionally dark colored Cabernet Sauvignon with ripe, pure varietal flavors. Our passionate commitment to our Cypress Vineyards red wines is to preserve and showcase the alluring black currant and cherry fruit flavors resplendent in grapes grown in the Central Coast.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation:  Paso Robles
Composition: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petite Sirah, 9% Syrah, 1% Petite Sirah.
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.784
  Total Acidity: 0.65 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 12.77% alcohol by volume
  Res. Sugar: 0.36 g/100ml

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2010 Cypress Vineyards Cabernet presents an extremely dark purple in the glass with youthful red hues. An attractive mix of ripe black currants and violets describe the aroma, along with a bouquet of spicy cedar, cigar box and tar. The palate is softly dense and rich with a mouthful of varietal Cabernet fruitiness from start to finish. This is a Cabernet serious enough for the connoisseur, yet a good choice for anyone who enjoys a good glass of red wine. 2010 Cypress Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon would be the perfect pairing for a roasted leg of lamb, or osso bucco. This wine can be enjoyed in its youth, or cellared up to five years.

 Price: $10.00 750ml

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