2012 J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Chardonnay

2012 continued the trend of cool years since 2010, and began with even colder winter and earlier spring temperatures than 2011. Fortunately, unlike 2010 and 2011, the Arroyo Seco was blessed with favorable weather from bloom to fruit-set, and dry weather from April through October. The cool, dry weather allowed for full flavor development in our Dijon clone 76 Chardonnay, and a short heat wave from September 30th through October 2nd gave the vines their final push to the finish line.

Our J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Chardonnay is grown in the heart of the windswept and cool Arroyo Seco AVA of Monterey County. Loamy sand and gravelly loam soils of the Elder series are intermixed and underlain by “Greenfield potatoes” - stones that resemble potatoes in size and appearance and which absorb heat during the day and radiate it after sunset. This underlayment of stone effectively limits root growth to the top three to five feet of soil, harmoniously balancing the fruit and shoot growth of our richly flavored Chardonnay.


Appellation:  Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Harvest Dates: October 9th through October 22nd, 2012
Harvest Process: Hand-harvested at night, with whole cluster press (to 0.8 bars) and settled
Harvest Chemistries:

Brix: 25.7°
pH: 3.47
total acidity: 0.69 g/100 ml

Yeast: CY3079 and VL1
Fermentation: In barrel for an average of 17 days
Malolactic: Inoculated each barrel in October 2012 with the Christian Hansen Vinaflora Oenos strain of malolactic bacteria. Completed malolactic fermentation in November and December of 2012.
Stirring: Weekly stirring of each barrel, starting November 2012 until June 2013 (during malolactic fermentation and seven months post)
Post-stirring: Monthly topping up of barrels, and free sulfur dioxide and oxygen monitoring
Maturation: Aged in barrel sur lie for 14 months in 50% new oak barrels.
Barrel Type: French oak
Forests: Emphasis is on tight-grain structure from the center of France
Coopers: Francois Frères, Tonnellerie O., Marcel Cadet, Dargaud et Jaegle
Bottling Chemistries:
pH : 3.56
Total Acidity: 0.66 g/100 ml
Alcohol: 14.32% by volume
Residual Sugar: 0.28 g/100 ml
Cases Produced: 17,649 six-pack cases
Cellaring:  Delicious now, but can be cellared for up to 5 years

With bright, straw-yellow color and vibrant hues, the 2012 J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Chardonnay has aromas of Cornish apple, stone fruit and lemon, with cinnamon and allspice undertones. The Burgundian winemaking techniques, including alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in barrel with lees stirring and extended aging, contribute a complex bouquet of toasted brioche, crème brulée, and roasted hazelnuts. This plush and racy Chardonnay with complex aromas and flavors is balanced by palate-cleansing acidity.
Karl Antink, Winemaker

Pork loin with apple cider and calvados (apple brandy), grilled seafood, triple cream cheeses and aged cheddar.

Cornish apple, stone fruit and citrus aromas with spice notes. Plush and silky, Burgundian in style.

Price: $25.00 750ml

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