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2012 J. Lohr Estates Bay Mist White Riesling

VINTAGE
2012 continued the succession of cool years which began with 2010. We were only 9 degree days warmer than 2011 in 2012 - 2200 versus 2209 - but in reality the 2012 growing season was cooler, with cold winter weather and a very cool early growing season. Again our vineyard managers were put to the test of fighting mildew pressure from the cool, moist, maritime air and proper management of crop load and sun exposure. Harvest was trending extremely late, but was aided by three very warm days at the beginning of October. For Riesling, ripeness came together just a few days shy of Halloween, with fragrant pear, apricot and floral aromas, bright acidity and a hint of honey from Botrytis.


VINEYARDS
The vines for our J. Lohr Bay Mist White Riesling are grown in well-drained Chualar loam soils underlain by stones deposited from the Arroyo Seco River. The winds of the Salinas Valley extended the growing season, and the fruit retains its natural grape acids. Our primary goal with this varietal is to evoke the purest manifestation of fruit from the vineyard, enhanced by a combination of cultured yeasts fermented in stainless steel to showcase the grape’s character.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation: Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County
Composition: 92% White Riesling,
7% Gewurztraminer
1% Orange Muscat
Harvest Date: October 25 and 26, 2012
Brix at Harvest: 23.2° average
Total Acidity: 0.70 g/100 ml
pH at Bottling: 3.1
Alcohol: 12.50% by volume
Residual Sugar: 1.88 g/100 ml
Vinification: Fermentation: Stainless steel tanks
Maturation: Four months in stainless steel tanks post-fermentation

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2012 Bay Mist White Riesling is a youthful, brassy yellow color with attractive aromas of apricot, lychee, pear and white flowers. The flavors are very clean and bright with apricot, pippin apple and lychee fruit balanced by a dollop of natural grape sweetness and crisp acidity.
-Jeff Meier, Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Enjoy this as an aperitif, or pair with Pacific Rim cuisine such as Thai chicken or beef satay, or Cuban barbeque.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Fragrant aromatics of apricot, lychee nut, pear and white flowers, with a balance of sweet and tart flavors.

Price: $10.00 750ml
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2011 J. Lohr Fog’s Reach Pinot Noir

VINTAGE
2011 was an exceptional vintage for Pinot Noir wine quality in the Arroyo Seco appellation. Although similar to 2010 in terms of total growing degree days that fuel overall grape maturation, the 2011 vintage had just 15 days over 90°F for the season, with none occurring during the critical period of maturation. Pinot Noir starts forming the red pigments seen in a wine glass in early August, during this period known as veraison. The greatest wine color occurs when the fruit temperature is just below 80°F during veraison, which is exactly what happened in the 2011 season. This exceptional weather coupled with a low 1.7 ton per acre yield in the vineyard resulted in a notable vintage for wine quality.


VINEYARDS
Our Pinot Noir vineyard resides in the cool and windy enclave of the Arroyo Seco appellation of Monterey County. Comprised of multiple Dijon selections of Pinot Noir clones (115, 667, 777), as well as Pommard 4, the vines are grown on extremely well-drained, loamy sand and gravelly loam soils intermixed and underlain by large potato-sized cobblestones. The unique combination of soil, climate and viticulture produces deeply-colored Pinot Noir with elegantly refined structure and flavor.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation: Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Maturation: Aged 8 months in French oak barrels; 50% new
Cellaring: 6 to 8 year aging potential with the greatest evolution of complex aromas within the first year in bottle.
Cases Produced: 2,824 (5,649 six packs)

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
Youthful and deep red in color, the 2011 Fog’s Reach Pinot Noir offers loganberry, strawberry and white tea aromas with a touch of earth and brown sugar from aging in French oak barrels. The high fraction of Dijon clone 667 in the blend brings an abundance of fresh red fruit to the palate, with just a hint of jamminess on the finish.
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Try with pan-seared sesame tuna, grilled portabella mushrooms or your favorite charcuterie.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Dijon clone 667 in the blend brings an abundance of fresh red fruit to the palate, with just a hint of jamminess on the finish.

Price: $35.00 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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2010 Cypress Vineyards White Zinfandel

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

Varietal Composition: 90% Zinfandel, 10% Gewurztraminer
Total Acidity: 0.72 g/100ml
pH: 3.18
Alcohol: 11.78% alcohol by volume
Residual Sugar: 1.89 g/100ml


Winemaker's Comments

The 2010 Cypress Vineyards White Zinfandel has a vibrant pink color and bright aromas of fresh strawberries, lychee, watermelon and cotton candy. It is deliciously refreshing in its style, with strawberry and melon fruit flavors, crisp acidity and a hint of spritz to balance its delicate touch of sweetness. Enjoy with barbecued chicken or salmon, or as an ideal picnic wine.

Price: $6.00 750ml

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