2014 J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
TOUCHING LIVES, ONE TOAST AT A TIME
In 2015, to touch the lives of women and their families, J. Lohr has once again extended its partnership with NBCF, a relationship that has provided over 4,000 mammograms to women who would otherwise be unable to afford them. This is our way of not only honoring the legacy of Carol Lohr, but is also our commitment to curtailing the impact of breast cancer on the lives of other families. We still need your help to spread the word about early detection as we continue to champion our efforts to raise awareness. J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines donates $2 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation for every bottle of J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc or Cabernet Sauvignon purchased.
WE’RE ENCOURAGING WOMEN TO TAKE CHARGE
The National Breast Cancer Foundation’s mission is to provide help and inspire hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, and support services. J. Lohr is continuing to advocate for women’s empowerment through knowledge and body self-awareness. It’s never too early to become one’s own best health advocate, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation has the resources to help.
The 2014 vintage was characterized by a full soil profile after the heavy rain events in April, followed by one of the warmest vintages since 2004. Under our new irrigation regime of infrequent but long irrigations, we virtually dry-farmed Carol’s Vineyard with only two irrigations over the entire growing season. The result is Sauvignon Blanc vines that truly express the terroir of the site nuanced by the growing season weather. Given the very warm spring and summer in 2014, we began to take maturity samples beginning in late July in anticipation of an early harvest. Guided by our traditional maturity sampling and the Vivelys’ Dyostem color-monitoring system, we largely based our picking dates on fruit color changes to optimize thiolic aromas and flavors of passion fruit, tropical fruits and boxwood. We separately tracked and picked our lighter-canopied sections of the vineyard on August 11th and our heavier-canopied areas on August 18th, both at their peak of Sauvignon Blanc thiolic fruit expression.
Carol’s Vineyard is a thirty-four acre parcel located in north St. Helena in the Napa Valley, bounded on the east by the Napa River and on the north by Pratt Avenue. Sauvignon Blanc represents 10.88 acres of Carol’s Vineyard and is planted in the eastern portion of the vineyard adjacent to the Napa River where outstanding Sauvignon Blanc has grown. The soils are very loamy and well-drained, with a fair amount of gravel. The Clone 1 Sauvignon Blanc is grown on a quadrilateral cordon trellis to control vine vigor, preserving a single leaf layer in the south-exposed fruit zone, providing only dappled sun exposure to the grape clusters, which preserves some of the natural herbaceous fruit character.
|Origin:||St. Helena AVA, Napa Valley, CA|
|Composition:||100% Sauvignon Blanc|
|Harvest Dates:||August 11 and August 18, 2013|
|Process:||Hand-harvested in the early morning and whole-cluster pressed in the Napa Valley|
|Harvest Chemistries:||First pick: 22.3° Brix average, pH 3.10, total acidity 0.94 g/100ml
Second pick: 23.7° Brix average, pH 3.04, total acidity 0.60 g/100ml
|Vinification:||Yeast: Both the first and second picks were
fermented with a blend of yeast strains – FrootZen and VL 3 – specifically selected to maximize the delicate varietal character of Sauvignon Blanc
Fermentation:70% in stainless steel barrels, 30% in French Acacia barrels.
Maturation:Aged 5 months in stainless steel barrels on fermentation lees, with stirring.
|Bottling Numbers:||pH : 3.23
Total Acidity:0.73 g/100ml
Alcohol: 13.61% by volume
Residual Sugar: 0.38 g/100ml
|Cases Produced:||4,264 six-pack cases|
|Cellaring:||Delicious now, but can be cellared for 2 to 3 years|
J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard 2014 Sauvignon Blanc is very pale straw yellow in color with youthful green hues. The aromas are vibrant ruby grapefruit, passion fruit, fresh fig and gooseberry, with palate cleansing minerality and crisp acidity. Serve at 45 to 50 degrees.
—Jeff Meier, winemaker
Arugula salad tossed with sliced fennel, ruby grapefruit, toasted hazelnuts and shaved pecorino cheese, or roasted halibut with sauce vierge.
WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Citrus, passion fruit, fresh fig and gooseberry with palate cleansing acidity and brightness.
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