The 2010 growing season in the Arroyo Seco was the coldest in more than a decade, with an unseasonably wet and cool spring, followed by cloudy, brisk weather until mid-August. Fortunately, the sun returned in late August, providing much needed warmth and giving the grapes a good late-season push to ripeness. The cool weather led to a long, slow growing season with the resulting wines showing crisp acidity and finesse.
The grapes for our 2010 J. Lohr Gesture Viognier were sourced from the Cedar Lane Vineyard in the Arroyo Seco AVA in Monterey County, near the mouth of the Arroyo Seco River. Low-nutrient, sandy cobblestone soil is typical of this region, and a strong maritime influence brings foggy mornings, sunny middays and cool windy afternoons..
|Origin:||Cedar Lane Vineyards|
|Appellation:||Arroyo Seco, Monterey County|
|Varietal:||100 % Viognier|
|Harvest Process:||Hand-harvested with whole cluster pressing|
|Harvest chemistries:||pH 3.55, total acidity 0.65 g/100 ml, Brix 25.1|
|Fermentation: Barrel fermented in 55 gallon stainless steel and neutral oak|
|Maturation: 6 months in stainless steel and oak barrels with no ML fermentation|
|Barrel Type: 80% 5 year old French Oak barrels and 20% stainless steel barrels|
|Bottling Aging: Bottled April 2011|
|Total Acidity: 0.74|
|Residual Sugar: 0.37|
|Cases Produced: 300|
“Bright pale straw color with aromas of peach, lychee and orange blossom. Its crisp acidity, bright, spicy fruit and mouth-filling viscosity are hallmarks of the Arroyo Seco appellation.”
-Jeff Meier, Winemaker
Pairs well with shellfish, spicy Asian and Caribbean dishes, or it can simply be enjoyed with nuts and cheeses.