2012 continued the trend of very cool years, which began two years earlier.
As such, 2012 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, ensuring a healthy crop and decreased mildew pressure. The
vintage appeared to be trending late until a short but substantial heat wave
from September 30th through October 2nd ushered in the 2012 Chardonnay
harvest. Heat events on October 17th and 18th pushed the remaining
unpicked Chardonnay blocks to the finish line with the final load coming
in November 2nd. With uniform ripening throughout the home ranch, we
harvested nonstop to ensure each block was picked at its optimum ripeness.
The frenetic pace was a challenge that tested vineyard and winery staff
alike, but the results were well worth the sacrifice.
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 allow a four foot rooting zone that keeps the
vines’ vegetative growth and fruit in balance. Additionally,
the cool climate and winds of the Salinas Valley extend the
growing season and retain the natural grape acids and intense
varietal character of the Chardonnay.
||Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA
||99.5% Chardonnay, 0.5% other white
||October 2nd to November 2nd,
|Brix at harvest
||50% in barrel
||Aged 8 to 10 months in barrels from new to fourth fill.
stirred every two weeks until pump-out
| Barrel type
||American, Hungarian and French oak
| Total acidity
||13.90% by volume
| Residual Sugar
||Drink now, or cellar up to 5 years
This elegant Chardonnay has bright hues of yellow straw. Rich
aromas of pear, apple and lemon custard combine with notes of
roasted hazelnut, vanilla and toasty oak. The flavors are very
soft with ripe pear, apple and cream ending with a lingering
toasty oak finish. Barrel fermentation with sur-lie aging adds
layers of viscosity, depth and complex flavors that marry well
with the Chardonnay’s natural acidity and bright fruit.
—Jeff Meier, Winemaker
Halibut with lemon butter sauce, boudin blanc with mustard sauce,
grilled vegetables, pumpkin curry or butterscotch pudding.
WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
A full-bodied, balanced Chardonnay with
flavors of pear, apple and cream, ending with a
lingering toasty oak finish.
Price: $14.00 750ml