2011 J. Lohr Estates Bay Mist White Riesling

The 2011 vintage was one of the coldest since the El Niño and La Niña years of 1998 and 1999. Although the cumulative 2200 Growing Degree Days are slightly higher than those of 2010, the vintage proved dramatically cooler given the very cold, late winter and delayed budbreak. In fact, parts of the Arroyo Seco had their first vine-damaging spring frost, ever! In 2011, cool, moist air ensured the ever-present threat of mildew, but with the diligence of our vineyard team, led by Agapito Vasquez, we made it through the growing season unscathed. White Riesling is the last variety to ripen and was not optimally ripe until the 2nd and 3rd of November! Our patience was rewarded in 2011, as this is perhaps our finest Riesling ever produced at J. Lohr.

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 extend 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.


Appellation: Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County
Composition: 92% White Riesling,
6% Gewurztraminer
2% Orange Muscat
Harvest Date: November 2-3, 2011
Brix at Harvest: 23.6° average
Total Acidity: 0.68 g/100 ml
pH at Bottling: 3.05
Alcohol: 13.12% by volume
Residual Sugar: 2.1 g/100 ml
Vinification: Fermentation: Stainless steel
Maturation: Four months in stainless steel post-fermentation

The 2011 Bay Mist White Riesling is a youthful, pale yellow color with enticing aromas of lychee, fuji apple, pear and apricot. The flavors are bright, echoing the aromas with the addition of tangelo and orange citrus fruit for an excellent balance of crisp acidity, luscious mouthfeel and a touch of natural carbonation from the stainless steel fermentation.
-Jeff Meier, Winemaker

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

Enticing fruit aromas of lychee, apple, apricot and pear. Refreshing acidity with a slight spritz.

Price: $10.00 750ml