2012 J. Lohr Estates Bay Mist White Riesling

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.

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.


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

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

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

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

Price: $10.00 750ml