2013 J. Lohr October Night Chardonnay
2013 in the Arroyo Seco was just about the perfect vintage. With warm, dry weather from April to October, 2013 was the second warmest vintage in the last 12 years, and a welcome break from three straight cool years. Although temperatures were warm in 2013, there were no days over 100 degrees, and no rainfall during the ripening period. These ideal weather conditions allowed our clone 809 Chardonnay to fully develop it’s unique aromas of orange blossom, honeysuckle and spice.
The vineyards for the October Night Chardonnay lie in J. Lohr’s Block 9 plantings in the Arroyo Seco AVA of Monterey County, near the mouth of the Arroyo Seco river, which provides the vines a slightly more wind protected environment in which to grow. Comprised largely of Dijon Clone 809 Chardonnay – known in some circles as the Musqué Clone – these vines produce a very distinctive and attractive, powerful floral character. The soil is laden throughout its loamy profile with “Greenfield potatoes,” stones that resemble potatoes in size and appearance and which absorb heat during the day and radiate their heat after sunset, enhancing floral character and richness.
|Origin:||Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA|
|Composition:||100% Chardonnay – 73% Clone 809 and 27% Clones 95 and 96|
|Harvest Date:||October 10th, 2013|
|Process:||Hand-harvested at night into bins, whole cluster pressed to 1.0 bar and cold settled|
|Harvest Chemistries:||26.6° Brix, pH 3.64, 0.59 g/100ml total acidity|
Fermentation: In barrel for an average of 14 days
Malolactic: Inoculated each barrel with Christian Hansen Vinaflora Oenos strain of malolactic bacteria on October 12th, 2013, resulting in the completion of malolactic fermentation on November 26th, 2013
Stirring: Stirred each barrel weekly starting October 2013 until August 2014
Post-Stirring: Topped up barrels and monitored free sulfur dioxide and oxygen
Maturation: Aged in barrel sur lie for 10 months in 45% new oak
Barrel Type: French oak
Coopers: Francois Fréres
|Bottling Numbers:||PH: 3.50
Total Acidity: 0.68g/100ml
Alcohol: 14.25% by volume
Residual Sugar: 0.38g/100ml
Cases Produced: 4,667 six pack cases
Cellaring: Enjoy now, or cellar for up to 5 years
The 2013 October Night Chardonnay has vibrant, light golden hues, with aromas of peaches, tropical fruit, orange blossom honey and vanilla. The winemaking techniques, used to enhance the spicy and exotic nature of this Chardonnay, include barrel fermentation in largely one-year-old French oak barrels in the coldest corner of our barrel room, followed by malolactic fermentation with lees stirring. This all contributed to a very attractive and complex bouquet with a soft, rich and seamless texture.
—Karl Antink, white winemaker
Shellfish pasta dishes, salmon, roasted chicken, nuts and strong cheeses.
WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Floral aromas of ripe peaches, citrus, tropical fruit, honey and toasty vanilla. A
wonderfully complex wine with layers of varietal character.