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2013 J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

HONORING A LEGACY
Six years ago, J. Lohr began the Touching Lives program in memory of Carol Waldorf Lohr, late wife of Founder Jerry Lohr. In 2008, Carol passed away unexpectedly due to complications related to breast cancer.

TOUCHING LIVES, ONE TOAST AT A TIME
In 2014, to touch the lives of women and their families, J. Lohr is continuing its partnership with NBCF, a relationship that has provided over 4,000 mammograms to women who would otherwise be unable to afford them. This is our way of not only honoring the legacy of Carol Lohr, but is also our commitment to curtailing the impact of breast cancer on the lives of other families. While also celebrating J. Lohr’s 40th anniversary this year as family winemakers, we are happy to report that your support has helped us exceed our goal! But we still need your help to spread the word about early detection as we continue to champion our efforts to raise awareness. J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines donates $2 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation for every bottle of J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon or Sauvignon Blanc purchased.

WE'RE ENCOURAGING WOMEN TO TAKE CHARGE
Whether honoring a 40-year anniversary or a woman’s 40th birthday, let’s increase our chances of celebrating many more life-affirming milestones by taking appropriate action. Start today by creating your own Early Detection Plan at earlydetectionplan.org and share this tool with the women you love.


VINTAGE
The 2013 harvest in St. Helena will go down as one of the most stress- free in recent memory. Warm and dry spring conditions led to an early bud break. The weather remained ideal through flowering and berry set, resulting in an even crop and good yields. With the exception of one heat spike in late June, the weather remained warm and sunny throughout the growing season. These favorable conditions gave us the opportunity to wait and pick the vineyard exactly when we wanted. The result is an exceptionally ripe Sauvignon Blanc with big tropical fruit and citrus flavors and depth of palate.


VINEYARDS
Carol’s Vineyard is a thirty-four acre parcel located in north St. Helena in the Napa Valley, bounded on the east by the Napa River and on the north by Pratt Avenue. Sauvignon Blanc represents 10.88 acres of Carol’s Vineyard and is planted in the eastern portion of the vineyard adjacent to the Napa River, where outstanding Sauvignon Blanc has been grown. The soils are very loamy and well-drained, with a fair amount of gravel. The Clone 1 Sauvignon Blanc is grown on a quadrilateral cordon trellis to control vine vigor, with a single leaf layer in the south-exposed fruit zone for only dappled sun exposure to the grape clusters. This preserves some of the natural herbaceous fruit character in this delicious Sauvignon Blanc.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: St. Helena AVA, Napa Valley, CA
Composition: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Harvest Dates: August 18, 2013 and August 21, 2013
Process: Hand-harvested in the early morning and whole-cluster pressed in the Napa Valley
Harvest Chemistries: First pick: 23.2° Brix average, pH 3.07, total acidity 0.94 g/100ml
Second pick: 24.2° Brix average, pH 3.07, total acidity 0.81 g/100ml
Vinification: Yeast: The first pick was fermented with a blend of yeast strains VL3 and FrootZen, specifically selected to maximize the varietal character of Sauvignon Blanc. The second pick was fermented with VIN13 and FrootZen. Each of these yeasts highlight the different flavor characteristics of Sauvignon Blanc, and the blend helps to create a complex wine.
Fermentation: 70% in stainless steel barrels, 30% in French Acacia barrels
Maturation: Aged 4 months in barrels on
fermentation lees, with stirring
Bottling Numbers: pH : 3.28
Total Acidity: 0.78 g/100ml
Alcohol: 14.20% by volume
Residual Sugar: 0.39 g/100ml
Cases Produced: 5,205 six-pack cases
Cellaring: Delicious now, but can be cellared for 2 to 4 years

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
Very pale straw yellow in color with youthful green hues. The aromas are reminiscent of ruby grapefruit, passion fruit, and gooseberries, with crisp acidity and creaminess of texture.
-Jeff Meier, winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Lemon garlic shrimp skewers, gazpacho, ravioli with pesto or grilled artichoke salad with lemon and mint.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Citrus, passion fruit and gooseberries with balanced acidity and creamy texture.

Price: $24.00 750ml

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2012 J. Lohr October Night Chardonnay

VINTAGE
2012 continued the trend of cool years, which began in 2010, but started with even colder winter and early spring temperatures than 2011. Fortunately, unlike 2010 and 2011, the Arroyo Seco was blessed with favorable weather from bloom to fruit-set, and dry weather from April through October. The cool, dry weather allowed for full flavor development of this very aromatic clone of Chardonnay, and a short heat wave from September 30th through October 2nd ensured the perfect level of ripeness.


VINEYARDS
The vineyards for the October Night Chardonnay lie in J. Lohr’s Block 9 plantings in the Arroyo Seco AVA of Monterey County, near the mouth of the Arroyo Seco river, which provides the vines a slightly more wind-protected environment. Comprised largely of Dijon Clone 809 Chardonnay - known in some circles as the Musqué Clone - these vines produce a very distinctive and attractive floral character. The loamy soil is laden throughout with “Greenfield potatoes”. These stones resemble potatoes in size and appearance and absorb heat during the day. They continue to radiate their heat after sunset, enhancing floral character and richness.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA
Composition: 100% Chardonnay - 73% Clone 809 and 27% Clones 95 and 96
Harvest Date: October 11th, 2012
Process: Hand-harvested at night into bins, whole cluster pressed to 1.0 bar and cold settled
Harvest Chemistries: 26.1° Brix, pH 3.52, 0.66 g/100ml total acidity
Vinification: Yeast:  VL1
Fermentation:  In barrel for an average of 14 days
Malolactic: Inoculated each barrel with Christian Hansen Vinaflora Oenos strain of malolactic bacteria on October 26th, 2012, resulting in the completion of malolactic fermentation on November 30th, 2012
Stirring:  Stirred each barrel weekly starting October 26th, 2012, until June 4th, 2013
Post-Stirring: Topped up barrels and monitored free sulfur dioxide and oxygen
Maturation:  Aged in barrel sur lie for 9 months in 45% new oak
Barrel Type: French oak
Forests: Troncais
Coopers: Francois Fréres
Bottling Numbers: PH: 3.59
Total Acidity: 0.63g/100ml
Alcohol: 14.15% by volume
Residual Sugar: 0.39g/100ml
Cases Produced: 3,990 six pack cases
Cellaring: Enjoy this delicious wine now, or cellar for up to 5 years

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2012 October Night Chardonnay is a bright, pale straw yellow color, with aromas of honeysuckle, tropical fruit, orange blossom honey and toasty vanilla. The winemaking techniques, used to enhance the spicy and exotic nature of this Chardonnay, included barrel fermentation in largely one-year-old French oak barrels in the coldest corner of our barrel room. This was followed by malolactic fermentation with lees stirring. The result is a very attractive and complex bouquet with a soft, rich and seamless texture.
Karl Antink, white winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
This wine is the perfect pairing to hazelnut-encrusted chicken, grilled lobster or halibut with orange beurre blanc.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Floral aromas of honeysuckle and tropical fruit – a complex wine with layers of varietal character.

Price: $25.00 750ml

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2012 J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Chardonnay

VINTAGE
2012 continued the trend of cool years since 2010, and began with even colder winter and earlier spring temperatures than 2011. Fortunately, unlike 2010 and 2011, the Arroyo Seco was blessed with favorable weather from bloom to fruit-set, and dry weather from April through October. The cool, dry weather allowed for full flavor development in our Dijon clone 76 Chardonnay, and a short heat wave from September 30th through October 2nd gave the vines their final push to the finish line.


VINEYARDS
Our J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Chardonnay is grown in the heart of the windswept and cool Arroyo Seco AVA of Monterey County. Loamy sand and gravelly loam soils of the Elder series are intermixed and underlain by “Greenfield potatoes” - stones that resemble potatoes in size and appearance and which absorb heat during the day and radiate it after sunset. This underlayment of stone effectively limits root growth to the top three to five feet of soil, harmoniously balancing the fruit and shoot growth of our richly flavored Chardonnay.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation:  Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Harvest Dates: October 9th through October 22nd, 2012
Harvest Process: Hand-harvested at night, with whole cluster press (to 0.8 bars) and settled
Harvest Chemistries:
 

Brix: 25.7°
pH: 3.47
total acidity: 0.69 g/100 ml

Vinification:  
Yeast: CY3079 and VL1
Fermentation: In barrel for an average of 17 days
Malolactic: Inoculated each barrel in October 2012 with the Christian Hansen Vinaflora Oenos strain of malolactic bacteria. Completed malolactic fermentation in November and December of 2012.
Stirring: Weekly stirring of each barrel, starting November 2012 until June 2013 (during malolactic fermentation and seven months post)
Post-stirring: Monthly topping up of barrels, and free sulfur dioxide and oxygen monitoring
Maturation: Aged in barrel sur lie for 14 months in 50% new oak barrels.
Barrel Type: French oak
Forests: Emphasis is on tight-grain structure from the center of France
Coopers: Francois Frères, Tonnellerie O., Marcel Cadet, Dargaud et Jaegle
Bottling Chemistries:
pH : 3.56
Total Acidity: 0.66 g/100 ml
Alcohol: 14.32% by volume
Residual Sugar: 0.28 g/100 ml
Cases Produced: 17,649 six-pack cases
Cellaring:  Delicious now, but can be cellared for up to 5 years

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
With bright, straw-yellow color and vibrant hues, the 2012 J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Chardonnay has aromas of Cornish apple, stone fruit and lemon, with cinnamon and allspice undertones. The Burgundian winemaking techniques, including alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in barrel with lees stirring and extended aging, contribute a complex bouquet of toasted brioche, crème brulée, and roasted hazelnuts. This plush and racy Chardonnay with complex aromas and flavors is balanced by palate-cleansing acidity.
Karl Antink, Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Pork loin with apple cider and calvados (apple brandy), grilled seafood, triple cream cheeses and aged cheddar.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Cornish apple, stone fruit and citrus aromas with spice notes. Plush and silky, Burgundian in style.

Price: $25.00 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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Clone of 2009 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 either inland or 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 harvest demonstrated absolutely ideal growing conditions. Sparse winter rainfall, followed by a moderately warm spring and summer produced exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon with ripe, pure varietal fruit flavors. Our passionate commitment to our red wines from Cypress Vineyards is to preserve and showcase the alluring black currant and cherry fruit flavors resplendent in grapes grown in the Central Coast.


Technical Data

Composition: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Syrah, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Petite Sirah.
Origin: Paso Robles
Total Acidity: 0.60g/100ml
pH: 3.74
Alcohol: 13.85% alcohol by volume
Residual Sugar:   0.3 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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2010 Painter Bridge Chardonnay

VARIETAL COMPOSITION

90% Chardonnay, 10% Muscat Canelli

CHARDONNAY

Painter Bridge Chardonnay begins with a canvas of fruit grown in the cool and windy Arroyo Seco appellation of Monterey County, a landscape known for producing Chardonnays of powerful aromatics and distinctive texture. The Chardonnay, designed with an eye toward balance and clarity, is first fermented in older French oak barrels with wild and cultured yeast from the Burgundy region of France to accent pure fruit expression. Immediately after the completion of alcoholic fermentation, the barrels are stirred and the Chardonnay, with its yeast lees, is transferred to stainless steel tanks for additional aging and maturation. To highlight the bold fruit of Painter Bridge Chardonnay, a touch of Muscat Canelli from Monterey County is blended in, enriching the floral character. The blended wine is then cold stabilized, fined and sterile-filtered to bottle. The result is a full-flavored, quaffable Chardonnay with beautiful fruit-forward aromas. This is a wine that is sure to delight its audience.


Technical Data

Vintage: 2010
Origin: Arroyo Seco and Monterey County
Total Acidity: 0.76 g/100ml
pH: 3.42
Alcohol: 12.93% alcohol by volume
Residual Sugar: 0.49 g/100ml
Maturation: 6 months in stainless steel
Sizes: 750 ml


Winemaker's Comments

This 2010 Painter Bridge Chardonnay is pale yellow in color with attractive aromas of peach, apricot and honeysuckle, with a touch of vanilla. The aromas are echoed on the silky-textured palate, which is cleansed with fresh acidity and richness.Enjoy as an aperitif or with your favorite pasta, chicken, or seafood dish.

                                                                                           – Jeff Meier, Winemaker

Price: $7.00 750ml

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