2016 J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
TOUCHING LIVES, ONE TOAST AT A TIME
In 2016, 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 2016 vintage represented a welcome change in weather patterns from previous vintages. The conditions were excellent for our Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, with moderate temperatures in the spring, and mild, steady temperatures in July and August. Under our new irrigation regime of infrequent but long irrigations, we virtually dry-farmed Carol’s Vineyard. The result is Sauvignon Blanc vines that truly express the diverse terroir of this site. Guided by our traditional maturity sampling and the Vivelys’ Dyostem color-monitoring system, we largely based our picking dates on fruit color changes, which optimized thiolic aromas and flavors of passion fruit, grapefruit and boxwood. These color changes closely matched the flavor changes we tasted in the
vineyard. We separately tracked and picked our lighter canopied sections of the vineyard on August 11th, the middle vigor sections on the 18th, 19th and 22nd, and the more vigorous portion on August 23rd, all at their peak of Sauvignon Blanc 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:||Carol’s Vineyard, St. Helena AVA, Napa Valley, CA|
|Composition:||100% Sauvignon Blanc|
|Harvest Dates:||August 11, 18, 19, 22, and 23, 2016|
|Harvest Process:||Hand-harvested in the early morning and whole cluster pressed in the Greenfield winery|
|Harvest Chemistries:||Average of five picks – Brix 24.6°, total acidity 0.69g/100ml, pH 3.43|
|Vinification:||Yeast: VIN13, VL3, and FrootZen – yeasts specifically selected to bring out the fruit character in Sauvignon Blanc
Fermentation:61% in stainless steel barrels, 39% in French acacia barrels (5% new)
Maturation:Aged 51⁄2 months in stainless steel barrels and French acacia barrels with weekly lees stirring
|Bottling Numbers:||pH : 3.25
Total Acidity:0.67 g/100ml
Alcohol: 14.29% by volume
Residual Sugar: 0.30 g/100ml
|Cases Produced:||3,014 six-pack cases|
|Cellaring:||Delicious now, but can be cellared for 2 to 3 years.|
The 2016 J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is a very pale straw color, with enticing aromas of honeysuckle, daffodil, lemon verbena and grapefruit. It presents a refreshingly balanced palate of key lime and fig, followed by a long, elegant finish. Best served at 45 to 50 degrees.
—Kristen Barnhisel, winemaker, white wines
Pair with baby lettuces tossed with ruby grapefruit, avocado, and goat cheese, with a citrus vinaigrette. Also delicious with roasted halibut with a fresh lemon herb sauce.
WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Floral, citrus, grapefruit, and fig, with palate cleansing acidity and a long, elegant finish.
Price: $24.00 750ml
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