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2010 J. Lohr Estates Wildflower Valdiguié

VINTAGE
2010 was the coolest growing season we’ve seen in the Arroyo Seco in the past decade. The season allowed for adequate hang time, which enabled great flavor development with less accumulation of sugar than in typical years. Valdiguié is a very large-berried variety, requiring extra vigilance from our Greenfield vineyard team to prune to only one bud per spur and to aggressively thin any extra shoots pushing from the spur area. Otherwise, yields are too high and ripening becomes difficult for this late-maturing variety, particularly in a cool year. In our winemaking, our goal is to preserve Valdiguié’s wonderful natural acidity and fresh fruit flavors. We incorporate two different winemaking techniques to achieve this. In 2010, we handpicked roughly 19% of the fruit and put those whole clusters directly into the fermenters in a winemaking process called carbonic maceration – no yeast or pumping over of the fruit is performed. The other techniques are to gently de-stem and crush the fruit going to the fermenter, pump over and extract with fairly short, warm fermentations. These processes give the wine a remarkable similarity to the wines of Beaujolais, with enticing berry fruit flavors, a vibrant color and soft tannins. Malolactic fermentation is discouraged in order to preserve bright acidity and fruit character.


VINEYARD
Our Valdiguié is grown on Chualar loam soil in the Arroyo Seco appellation of Monterey County. Originally thought to be the Gamay Noir grape of France’s Beaujolais winegrowing region, U.C. Davis has since identified this grape to be Valdiguié from an area in the southwest of France. Regardless of its origin and identity, Valdiguié grown in the windy, cold Arroyo Seco produces a wine reminiscent of the “Crus” of Beaujolais - Morgon, Fleurie and Moulin-a-Vent.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: Monterey County, CA
Composition: 100% Valdiguié
Harvest Date: October 27-30, 2010
Brix at Harvest: 20.5-21.7° Brix average
Vinification: Fermentation: Stainless steel fermented, 81% traditional red wine fermentation to 85°F
  Maceration: 19% carbonic maceration (whole cluster fermented)
  Maturation: Aged 1 month in stainless steel
Bottling Chemistries: pH: 3.38
  Total Acidity: 0.66 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 11.70% by volume
  Residual Sugar: 0.64%
  Cellaring: Delicious now, but can be cellared for up to 5 years.

WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS
This wine is vibrant and red-purple in color with bright aromas of boysenberry, Bing cherry, raspberry and pomegranate. The fruit complexion on the palate is equally bright, dominated by pomegranate and raspberry. Drink your last bottle just in time for the release of the new vintage! Serve chilled.

Steve Peck, red winemaker


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2009 J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon

Awards for our 2008 vintage:
"GOLD" - 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Limited rainfall set the tone for the 2009 growing season in Paso Robles, with totals reaching approximately half of the normal twelve inches. Cabernet Sauvignon does well in dry years, and 2009 was no exception. Cold April temperatures, which limited vine growth in the first month after budbreak, were followed by a warmer May with a one day spike reaching 104 degrees F just after bloom. The added heat units helped to establish the canopy needed to ripen the majority of our vineyard blocks. This was followed by an unlikely rain event on October 13th, which delivered 2.5 to 11 inches of rain to the area in a single day. The 2009 wines show significant tannin structure, and the regional expression of black currant, black cherry and chocolate are evident.


Cabernet Sauvignon
The predominant fruit for our J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon comes from estate vineyards located directly opposite our J. Lohr Paso Robles Wine Center. The Seven Oaks vineyard was originally planted on its own rootstock, utilizing some of the original plantings from indigenous Estrella clones. The soils in our Paso Robles vineyards vary from gravelly clay loam to limestone-based soils over a relatively small parcel of land, and various rootstock and clonal combinations have been used to maximize the expression of each individual site. The different soil types and planting combinations add to and complement the palate of the Seven Oaks Cabernet and the other red varietals we produce--including Petit Verdot and Merlot--to add balance and weight to the wine.


TECHNICAL DATA

 

Origin: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Composition Blend: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petite Sirah, 5% Petit Verdot, 2.5% Merlot, 2.5% Syrah, 1% Cabernet Franc
Harvest Dates: Sep. 18 - Oct. 9, 2009
Brix at harvest: 25.2° Brix average
Vinification:  
Fermentation: Fermented in stainless steel
tanks with peak temperatures reaching 92° F
Malolactic:
 

 
Stainless steel tanks and barrels
using Viniflora Oenos
Maturation: Aged 12 to 14 months in barrel
Barrel type: Primarily American oak barrels
with toasted heads
Bottling chemistries:
pH: 3.75
Total Acidity: 0.67 g/100ml
Alcohol: 13.78% by volume
Residual Sugar: 0.22%
Cellaring: Delicious upon release, but has the
structure to age for up to 7 years.

Winemaker's Comments
A particularly dense vintage, this wine is red-purple in color with a bright hue. Aromas of black currant, plum and black cherry are lifted by a bouquet of vanilla, toasted pastry and spice from a year of barrel aging. The palate is bursting with primary fruit and a broad, rich tannin structure.

Jeff Meier, winemaker

 

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2009 J. Lohr Estates South Ridge Syrah

Vintage
2009 was another low rainfall year in the Paso Robles AVA, and while most other vinifera varieties are able to adapt to hot and dry conditions by closing the stomates on the back of their leaves to conserve water, the stomates on the Syrah vines stay wide open to the end, drawing every last drop of moisture out of the soil. Because Syrah waits open in hope of late summer rain, it has gained a reputation in the industry as an “optimistic variety.” In the 2009 dry season, we capitalized on this phenomenon by allowing our vines to reach high levels of water stress, resulting in a concentrated and dense wine. Complete flavor development and seed maturity allowed for extended maceration in the fermenters. This wine shows density and a lovely expression of blueberry aromas, along with the complex varietal flavors of Syrah.


Vineyard
The J. Lohr Estates South Ridge Syrah is grown on a combination of predominantly sandy and gravelly soils, to reign in Syrah’s rangy growth potential. The name South Ridge is derived from the orientation of its namesake vineyard, which sits on a southfacing hillside, resulting in fruit with intense flavors. As the popularity of Syrah has grown, we have planted two additional estate vineyards, one within a mile of the original planting, and the second is eight miles south in a slightly cooler area of the Paso Robles AVA.


TECHNICAL DATA

 

Origin: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Varietal Blend: 89% Syrah, 8% Petite Sirah, 3% Zinfandel
Harvest Dates: September 9th-30th, 2009
Brix at Harvest: 25.9° Brix
Vinification:  
Fermentation: Stainless steel fermented
Malolactic: 100% malolactic in tank
and barrel
Maturation: Aged 14 months in oak barrels
Barrel type: French and American oak,
24% new
Bottling chemistries:
pH: 3.77
Total Acidity: 0.65 g/100 ml
Alcohol: 13.70%
Residual Sugar: 0.19%
Cellaring:  Delicious now, but has the structure
to age for up to 7 years.

Winemaker's Comments

This wine has a dark garnet color with a vibrant hue. Rich, ripe aromas of blueberry and black tea are framed by a bouquet of hazelnut, cocoa powder and brown sugar. Savor flavors of blackberry fruit and dark chocolate as this dense vintage evolves and opens up in the glass.
 

Steve Peck, red winemaker

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2008 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot

"GOLD" - 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Double Gold - Best of California - 2011 California State Fair

The 2008 growing season presented significant challenges for California winegrowers. Spring and autumn frosts--coupled with heat spikes, which impacted flowering and maturation--claimed much of the prized crop. Yields were at half of normal levels in the Paso Robles AVA, depending on variety, microclimate and cultural practices. This was the second consecutive vintage of drought, which limited vine growth and reduced cluster and berry size. Merlot was fully ripened and harvested before it could be impacted by an unseasonable October frost. This 2008 Los Osos Merlot is enhanced with a bit of Malbec fruit that adds delicate pomegranate aromas and a soft mid-palate to the blend.


Vineyards
Traditionally, we harvest our estate-grown Merlot grapes across a range of sugar ripeness. The early picks usually capture the classic varietal definition of Merlot, while the fruit harvested later adds depth and intensity to the wine. Clone and rootstock combinations, along with variations in soil, add complexity to our Los Osos Merlot, as does the introduction of recently planted Italian clones. We grow our Merlot grapes in Nacimiento-Los Osos, Arbuckle-San Ysidro and Arbuckle-Positas complex soils in our vineyards in Paso Robles, where these well-drained but relatively poor soils have chalky or gravelly components.


TECHNICAL DATA

 

Apellation: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County
Composition: 81% Merlot, 9% Petite
Sirah, 7% Malbec, 2% Syrah
Harvest Dates:  September 9 through October 3, 2008
Brix at harvest: 27.0°-28.0° Brix avg
   
Vinification:  
Fermentation:  Whole berry fermentation in stainless steel tanks
Malolactic: 100% malolactic
Maturation: 12 months in barrel
Barrel type: American (Missouri and Minnesota) and Hungarian oak
Bottling chemistries:
pH: 3.67
Total Acidity: 0.67 g/100ml
Alcohol: 13.74% by volume
Residual Sugar: 0.26%
Cellaring: . Delicious now, but has the structure to age up to 7 years

Winemaker's Comments
The 2008 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot has a mature red color with a bright raspberry hue. Black cherry and pomegranate aromas are complimented by an oak signature reminiscent of cedar and dark chocolate. This soft wine has finely textured tannins and is bright and lively on the palate with a finish of Rainier cherry fruit.

 

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2009 J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay

2009 continued with a fourth consecutive year of drought in the Central Coast, with our Arroyo Seco vineyards receiving a scant five inches of effective rainfall.  Unlike 2008, however, the weather was relatively warm in the first months of the new year, spurring early bud break.  This was followed by some very hot days in May around flowering, but fortunately, the heat did not seem to adversely effect set, and crop levels in 2009 returned to more typical for the Arroyo Seco.  The summer months of June, July and August were very cool, allowing a slow, marked maturation of the Chardonnay while retaining greater amounts of the natural grape acids. September was very warm and pushed the Chardonnay vintage along, with harvest commencing on September 20th with the pick of our French clones 95 and 76 in Block 4.  For the next twenty two days, harvest progressed beautifully until the 13th of October, when Mother Nature surprised us with an unseasonable rain, which brought picking to a halt for several days until the vineyards dried out.  A frenzy of harvest ensued with the final fruit being harvested in six days, ending on October 23rd and averaging 24.9° Brix.  


Vineyards
The vines for our J. Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay are grown
primarily on Elder loam soils underlain by “riverstones” deposited over thousands of years from the Arroyo Seco River, allowing 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.


TECHNICAL DATA

 

Appellation Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County
Composition (Blend) 99% Chardonnay, 1% Other White
Harvest dates September 20th through October 24th.
Brix at harvest 24.9°
Vinification  
   Malolactic In barrel of 50% of Chardonnay
   Maturation Aged 8 to 10 months in barrels from new to fourth fill
   Barrel type American, Hungarian and French
Bottling chemistries  
   pH 3.45
   Total acidity 0.72
   Alcohol 13.9
   Residual Sugar 0.53%
   
Cellaring Drink now or cellar up to 5 years

 


Winemaker's Comments

2009 J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonay has a bright and youthful straw yellow color.  The aromas are of lime zest, ripe pear, nectarine and pineapple with caramel, butterscotch, honey and vanilla perfume from the barrel fermentation and sur lie aging.  The flavors are very complex and rich with citrus, stone fruit and barrel toastiness gracefully balanced by fresh acidity, creating a very flavorful and wonderfully balanced Chardonnay.

Jeff Meier, winemaker

 

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2009 J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir

J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines is excited to offer this first-ever release of our Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir from the 2009 harvest. Monterey County saw minimal winter rainfall preceding this excellent vintage, and crop yields were accordingly small, with pinot noir blocks producing under 3 tons per acre. Mild spring temperatures resulted in generous vine canopy growth which slowed in early summer as irrigation was withdrawn and the naturally devigorating afternoon winds typical of this region took effect. The vintage produced unusually small clusters with small berries which began veraison in late July. Unusually warm September temperatures precipitated a two-pass picking strategy, with fruit on the south side of the vines included in the first pick to prevent heat damage. Fruit on the cooler north side of the vines was harvested one to two weeks later at ideal maturity.


Pinot Noir
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 gained a well-deserved reputation for producing world-class Burgundian varietals including Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. 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 inaugural release of Falcon’s Perch, named for the bird which has made its home in the lone pine tree among the vines, safeguarding the grapes from insidious predators while also preserving the ecosystem’s natural balance.


TECHNICAL DATA

 

Origin: Monterey County, California
Composition: 95% Pinot Noir, 5% Valdiguié
Total Acidity: 0.55 g/100ml
pH at Bottling: 3.74
Alcohol: 13.9% by volume
Residual Sugar: Dry
Vinification: Whole berry fermentation at elevated temperatures for 7 to 12 days with light pumping over and punchdowns, in small 5 to 12 ton stainless steel open-top fermenters
Maturation: Matured in stainless steel with a minimal fraction aged in French oak barrels
Harvest Dates: September 11 through 30, 2009

Winemaker's Comments
Medium garnet color with aromas of wild strawberry, cherry, rose petal and dried herbs, accompanied by true varietal flavors of sage and cola nut, with a deep, earthy character. The lively acidity and delicate tannins make this a very compatible wine for mealtime or anytime. Serve at 65 to 68° F.

Steve Peck, red winemaker

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Oaxacan Black Molé with Chicken

Assistant Winemaker Karl Antink isn’t shy about his love for heat, and has modified this exciting recipe, originally found in Gourmet Magazine. The many delicious spices and ingredients mean this is a meal to wow your next large dinner party.  If you have difficulty sourcing chiles, you can pare down with a larger number chipotle chiles—just don’t include jalapeños!  While the Valdiguié cools the spice with fresh, ripe berry and cherry flavors, the Hilltop Cabernet’s supple richness complements the chocolate in the molé. Enjoy!

This recipe calls for different components that work beautifully together to offer an aromatic yet nuanced flavor profile. Ingredients and directions are separated for ease of preparation.

Ingredients

Chile Purée:

  • 10 dried Pasilla chiles
  • 5 dried Arbol chiles
  • 5 dried Ancho Negro chiles
  • 2 dried Chipotle chiles
  • 2 dried Cascabel chiles
  • 2 quarts boiling water

Remove seeds and stems from all dried chiles and save the seeds. Toast chiles in a dry skillet set to med-high heat until they start to blacken but not burn. When the chiles are toasted place them in a bowl and cover chiles with boiling water. Let soak for 30 minutes. While the chiles are soaking toast chile seeds in the same skillet until they begin to blacken then add to soaking chiles. After 30 minutes transfer chiles to blender, add enough of the soaking water to facilitate blending and create a smooth puree. Strain chile purée into another bowl to remove pieces of skins and seeds. Set chile purée aside.

Seasoning mixture:

  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 T whole almonds
  • 2 T whole raw peanuts, shelled
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3-5 black pepper corns
  • 3 cloves
  • 1-2 allspice berries
  • 1 slice bread, torn into large pieces
  • 1 ripe plantain
  • ½ cup sesame seeds
  • 2 T pecans
  • 2 T pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 2 T raisins
  • 2 T prunes
  • Vegetable oil

Cook onion and garlic in a dry skillet on med-high heat, stirring occasionally until charred in spots and remove to a large bowl. Toast almonds, peanuts, cinnamon stick, black peppercorns, cloves, allspice berries, pecans and pepitas, stirring occasionally until browned in spots then add to the seasoning mixture bowl with onions and garlic. Heat 2-3 T of oil in skillet until smoking, add raisins and prunes and cook until raisins plump up and change color. Remove raisins and prunes and add to the seasoning mixture. Place bread in same skillet with more oil if needed and cook until browned, add to seasoning mixture. In same skillet with more oil if needed, fry diced plantain until brown and add to seasoning mixture. Fry sesame seeds in the same skillet at low heat, with constant stirring until lightly browned. Grind sesame seeds to paste in a bowl and add to the seasoning mixture. Purée seasoning mixture with 2 cups of chicken stock until smooth. Strain mixture into a bowl.

Tomato mixture:

  • ½ lb tomatoes
  • ¼ lb tomatillos, husks removed
  • ½ t dried thyme
  • ½ t dried Mexican oregano
  • ½ t dried epazote

Char tomatoes and tomatillos over a grill or in a dry skillet set to med-high until skins are blackened in spots. Dice tomatoes and tomatillos and purée in a blender with the thyme, oregano, epazote and ½ cup chicken stock. Strain purée and set aside.

Additional:

  • 6-8 lbs of cooked chicken. The chicken can be roasted, grilled or stewed
  • 4 oz Mexican chocolate
  • 1 dried avocado leaf
  • 2 quart chicken stock

Preparation
Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in 5-6 quart heavy pot until shimmering; add all chile purée (watch for splattering). Cook until purée is reduced by one third or so while stirring. Stir in tomato purée and cook for 8-10 minutes stirring until slightly reduced and thick. Stir in seasoning mixture and cook for 10 minutes while stirring. Stir in 1 cup of chicken stock and cook for 15-20 minutes with stirring. Add Mexican chocolate and stir until melted. Toast an avocado leaf briefly over flame or in a skillet and add to pot. Add 4 cups of chicken stock and simmer with stirring until molé reaches desired thickness (Molé should be at least thick enough to cover the back of a spoon). Season to taste with salt.

To Serve:
Spoon molé over chicken, serve with rice and J. Lohr Estates Wildflower Valdiguié.or J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon. Molé can be prepared a day in advance and refrigerated.

Serves 10-12

Raisin Braised Pork Shoulder with Gruyere Potato Gratin

EVP/COO and Director of Winemaking Jeff Meier savored this recipe when J. Lohr participated in an unprecedented competition, the National Pork Board’s Celebrated Chefs Alumni Summit.  This flavorful pork shoulder was the winning recipe from Celebrated Chefs Todd Downs and Robert Merrifield, which Jeff Meier prepared one holiday to the delight of our winery employees.  The winning chefs contributed a $5,000 check made in their name to Sri Lanka Relief Fund for Matara, a tsunami relief fund started by 2003 Celebrated Chef Kumar Wickramasingha, a native of Sri Lanka.  While the recipe uses a bottle of J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot as a base for its braising liquid, it also pairs beautifully with the Merlot-based J. Lohr Cuvée POM.

Ingredients

Pork Shoulder:

  • 2 quarts pork stock
  • 1 bottle J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot
  • 2 cups tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cups commercially prepared raisin paste
  • ½ cup fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2T garlic, chopped
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 ½ lbs pork shoulder, boneless
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive Oil

Virginia Peanut, Peach, Golden Raisin & Mint Relish:

  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • ½ cup Sherry, warmed
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 peaches, diced
  • 1 cup Virginia peanuts, toasted, chopped
  • 2T green onions, sliced
  • ½ T fresh mint, chopped

Gruyere Leek-Potato Gratin:

  • 4 Idaho potatoes
  • 5 cups whipping cream
  • 3T garlic, chopped
  • 1t dried mustard
  • ½ t nutmeg
  • 1/8 t Cayenne pepper
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 leek, white and light green sections only, sliced
  • 4 T butter
  • 8 oz Gruyere cheese, grated

Cremini Mushroom Spinach & Red Onion Sauté:

  • 4 oz bacon, diced
  • 4 oz Cremini Mushrooms, quartered
  • 1/2 red onion, julienned
  • 8 oz fresh spinach
  • ½ cup chives, chopped

Preparation
Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine pork stock, merlot, tomatoes, raisin paste, rosemary, garlic, and bay leaf in a stockpot. Simmer over medium heat until mixture is reduced by half.

Meanwhile, cut pork into eight 3-ounce slices. Season with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan. Add the pork and brown it well.

Pour liquid mixture over the browned pork in the sauté pan (there will be a lot of liquid). Cover the pork with parchment, and seal the pan with foil. Transfer to the oven to braise for 2 hours or until fork-tender.

While the pork is braising, prepare the relish: Steep the raisins in sherry for 30 minutes. Drain, and discard the sherry.

Combine the brown sugar and vinegar in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add peaches and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and add the drained raisins, chopped peanuts, onion, and mint; mix well. Reserve at room temperature.
When pork is done, remove it from the oven and set it aside until serving time. Increase oven temperature to 400°.

Peel the potatoes and slice 1/8-inch thick. (Do not rinse.) Set aside.

In a large, heavy pot, bring cream to a boil. Add the garlic, dry mustard, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, and salt and pepper and mix well. Add the sliced potatoes and simmer briskly until tender. Drain cream from potatoes and reserve.

In a sauté pan over medium-high heat, sauté the leeks in butter until tender. Set aside.

In a non-stick baking dish, spread the cooked potatoes in an even layer. Scatter the sautéed leeks evenly over potatoes, and top with the grated cheese. Pour the reserved cream over gratin, and bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes.

Prepare the spinach sauté: Render bacon in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Add mushrooms and onions; sauté until tender. Add spinach, cook 1 minute to wilt, and remove from heat.

To Serve:
Place a mound of the spinach mixture in the center of a large plate. Cut the potatoes from the pan using a 3” round cutter. Top spinach with the potato round. Place 2 pieces of pork on the potatoes, and drizzle each plate with 1 ounce of the braising liquid. Top each serving with a generous spoonful of Peanut Relish. Sprinkle with chives. Serve.

Serves 4

2009 J. Lohr Estates Wildflower Valdiguié

VINTAGE
With El Niño conditions firmly in place, we were hit with our first significant harvest-time rain in recent memory on October 13th, 2009 which precipitated the harvest of this beautiful Valdiguié crop on October 22nd. Flavors were concentrated and yields low, following four years of drought in California. Valdiguié is a very large-berried variety requiring extra vigilance from our Greenfield vineyard team to prune to only one bud per spur, and to aggressively thin any extra shoots pushing from the spur area.  Otherwise, our yields get too high and ripening becomes difficult for this late-maturing varietal. In our winemaking, our goal is to preserve Valdiguié’s wonderful natural acidity and fresh fruit flavors. We incorporate two different winemaking techniques to achieve this.  In 2009, we handpicked roughly 15% of the fruit and put those whole clusters directly into the fermenters, in a winemaking process called carbonic maceration – no yeast or pumping over of the fruit is done. The other technique is to gently de-stem and crush the fruit going to the fermenter, pump over and extract with fairly short, warm fermentations. These processes give the wine a remarkable similarity to the wines of Beaujolais, with enticing berry fruit flavors, a vibrant color and soft tannins. Malolactic fermentation is discouraged in order to preserve bright acidity and fruit character.


VALDIGUIÉ

Our 2009 J. Lohr Estates Wildflower Valdiguié was grown on Chualar loam soil in the Arroyo Seco appellation of Monterey County.  Originally thought to be the Gamay Noir grape of France’s Beaujolais winegrowing region, U.C. Davis has since identified this grape to be Valdiguié from an area in the southwest of France.  Regardless of its origin and identity, Valdiguié grown in the windy, cold Arroyo Seco produces a wine reminiscent of the ‘Crus’ of Beaujolais – Morgon, Fleurie and Moulin-à-Vent.

 


TECHNICAL DATA

 

Origin: Wildflower, Monterey County
Composition: 100% Valdiguié
Harvest Date: October 22nd and 23rd, 2009
Brix at Harvest: 22.7° Brix average
Total Acidity: 0.69 g/100 ml
pH at Bottling: 3.31
Alcohol: 12.7% by volume
Residual Sugar: 0.66 g/100 ml
Vinification: Stainless steel fermented
13% Carbonic maceration (whole cluster fermented)
87% Traditional red wine fermentation. Fermentation to 85°F
Bottling Date: December 4th,2009

WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS

The 2009 J. Lohr Estates Wildflower Valdiguié is a vibrant, red-purple in color with bright aromas of boysenberry, Bing cherry, raspberry and banana. The fruit complexion on the palate is equally bright, yet shows suppleness and body throughout the mid-palate. The luscious fruit finish is dominated by boysenberry and raspberry, making this wine ideal as an aperitif or paired with grilled salmon. Drink your last bottle just in time for the release of the new vintage! Serve chilled.

Steve Peck , red winemaker


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2009 J. Lohr Estates Bay Mist White Riesling

The 2009 vintage in many ways resembled that of 2008, with the exception that the early blast of heat during flowering gratefully missed the critical set period and yields, and as a result, returned to near normal levels in 2009.   We had two significant heat events in April and May, with temperatures exceeding 95 degrees Fahrenheit. The weather then immediately returned to cool and foggy in May, June, July, and all but the last weeks of August.  We witnessed Indian Summer temperatures in early September, which provided the final push for the late ripening White Riesling to reach desired maturity, with harvest commencing on the 19th of October at nearly 24° Brix, 3.30 pH and 0.63 grams/100 ml of acidity.   Some early season El Niño rain induced some Botrytis, or Noble rot in the 2009 vintage giving the Riesling an elevated apricot fruit character.


White Riesling
The release of the 2009 marks the thirty-third vintage of White Riesling from our Bay Mist vineyards in Monterey County.  The vines are grown in well drained Chualar and Elder loam soils underlain by stones deposited from the Arroyo Seco, as well as Metz and Arroyo Seco gravelly, sandy loams. The winds of the Salinas Valley extend the growing season, and the fruit retains the natural grape acids.  The pure manifestation of fruit from the vineyards is our primary goal in producing this varietal, employing a combination of cultured yeasts fermented in stainless steel.


TECHNICAL DATA

 

Origin: Arroyo Seco, Monterey County
Composition: 94% White Riesling,
5% Gewurztraminer
1% Orange Muscat
Harvest Date: October 19th to 20th, 2009
Brix at Harvest: 23.5° average
Total Acidity: 0.67 g/100 ml
pH at Bottling: 3.16
Alcohol: 12.84% by volume
Residual Sugar: 2.15 g/100 ml
Vinification: Stainless steel fermented
M2 (Terpene and thiol varietal character enhancing)
R-HST (Terpene varietal character enhancing)
Maturation: Four months in stainless steel post fermentation
Bottling Date: February 5th, 2010

Winemaker's Comments
The 2009 J. Lohr Estates Bay Mist White Riesling is a pale, youthful brassy yellow color with enticing fruit aromas of apple, apricot, peach, Bosc pear, rose petal and linalool.  The palate echoes the fruit aromas with apricot, apple and rose petal spice combined with refreshing acidity and slight palate spritz balanced by the 2.15% residual sugar. The 2009 White Riesling is an enticingly fruity, refreshing wine capable of complementing the vibrant flavors of Pacific Rim cuisine such as Thai chicken or beef satay, grilled soy-marinated salmon or served as an aperitif.

 

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