2010 J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay

El Niño climatic conditions returned in 2010 with heavy winter rainfall and very cool growing conditions through early June. In fact, 2010 was the coolest growing season in terms of Growing Degree Days (GDD) since 1999 (a La Niña year), barely reaching 2,100 GDD (a very cool Region I). Typically, these years produce greater aromatic concentration with higher levels of acidity and result in a very late harvest date. 2010 was also an above-average crop year, which slowed ripening down at the end of the growing season, allowing us to selectively harvest each block with the optimum balance of flavor, sugar concentration and acidity. Harvest commenced on the 30th of September and continued until the last days of October.

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 fourfoot 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.


Appellation: Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County
Composition 99.5% Chardonnay, .5% Other White
Harvest Dates: September 29th through October 28th, 2010.
Harvest Chemistries: 24.4° Brix,
Vinification: Malolactic: 50% of Chardonnay in barrel
Maturation: Aged 8 to 10 months in barrels from new to fourth fill
Barrel Type: American, Hungarian and French
Bottling Chemistries: pH: 3.455
Total Acidity: 0.69 g/100ml
Alcohol: 13.63 % by vol
Residual Sugar:0.46%
Cellaring: Drink now, or cellar up to 5 years

This elegant Chardonnay has an attractive pale strawyellow color. The aromas are of pear, apple and stone fruits, combined with a perfumed roasted hazelnut and butterscotch bouquet from the barrel fermentation and sur lie aging. The flavors are very soft with ripe pear, tangelo citrus and vanilla toastiness, producing layers of complexity with a silky balance of fresh fruit acidity and palate-weight.

Jeff Meier, winemaker


Price: $14.00 750ml