2015 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 2015 vintage was one of the warmest vintages since 2004. With 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 2015, we began to take maturity samples in late July in anticipation of an early harvest. Guided by our traditional maturity sampling and the Vivelys Dyostem color-monitoring system, we based our picking dates largely on fruit color changes to optimize thiolic aromas and flavors of passion fruit, tropical fruits and boxwood. These color changes closely match the flavor changes we tasted in the vineyard. We separately tracked and picked our lighter canopied sections of the vineyard on August 10th, the middle vigor sections on the 13th and 14th, and the more vigorous portion on August 15th, all 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. This provides 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 10, 13, 14 and 15, 2015|
|Process:||Hand-harvested in the early morning and whole cluster pressed in our Greenfield winery|
|Harvest Chemistries:||Average of five picks – Brix 24.4°, total acidity 0.83 g/100ml, pH 3.19|
|Vinification:||Yeast: VIN13, VL3, and FrootZen (four lots of SB) – specifically selected to bring out fruit character in Sauvignon Blanc
Fermentation:44% in stainless steel barrels, 56% in French acacia barrels (8% new)
Maturation:Aged 6 months in stainless steel barrels on fermentation lees, with stirring.
|Bottling Numbers:||pH : 3.18
Total Acidity:0.69 g/100ml
Alcohol: 13.88% by volume
Residual Sugar: 0.34 g/100ml
|Cases Produced:||2,244 six-pack cases|
|Cellaring:||Delicious now, but can be cellared for 2 to 3 years|
Our 2015 Carol’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is a very pale straw color. The aromas are enticing with paperwhites, honeysuckle, Meyer lemon and fig, with a refreshingly balanced palate of grapefruit, key lime, and a long elegant finish. Best served at 45 to 50 degrees.
—Jeff Meier, winemaker
Arugula salad tossed with sliced fennel, ruby grapefruit, toasted hazelnuts and shaved pecorino cheese with a citrus vinaigrette. Roasted halibut with
WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Floral aromas with citrus, grapefruit and fig, with palate-cleansing acidity and a long finish.
Price: $24.00 750ml
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