2010 J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

Honoring a Legacy
Two years ago, J. Lohr began the Touching Lives program in memory of Carol Waldorf Lohr, late wife of founder Jerry Lohr. In 2008, Carol, who was the muse for Jerry’s Napa Valley vineyard, passed away unexpectedly due to complications related to breast cancer. Since, the Lohr family has been working to curtail the impact of breast cancer in the lives of other families.
 
Touching Lives, One Toast at a Time
This past year, we set out to provide 500 mammograms for women in need by donating $2 from every bottle sold of our J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. With more than 2,000 mammograms funded to date, we have long surpassed our goal! As we partner again with NBCF for the third year in a row, we will continue to expand our efforts to raise money in support of early detection, which has been proven to save lives. Read More.

For more information on NBCF, or to make a donation, please visit www.nationalbreastcancer.org.
 


Cool and mild weather during the 2010 growing season set the stage for optimal Sauvignon Blanc flavor development. Mild conditions during flowering assured a good crop, and the long, cool season allowed the grapes to mature to their full potential. To create a complex and delicate Sauvignon Blanc with citrus and exotic fruit flavors, we picked the vineyard in two stages. Our first pick was on August 27 at 24.8° Brix, which gave us boxwood and gooseberry characters. The final harvest came on September 3 at 24.6° Brix, and produced flavors of grapefruit, lime zest and passion fruit. The juices from each picking date were fermented separately; this allowed us to apply winemaking techniques that maximize the desired characteristics of each pick. For the 2010 vintage, we destemmed, pressed and settled the Sauvignon Blanc in tanks, followed by fermentation in 55-gallon stainless steel barrels. All winemaking was done in a very reductive environment (excluding oxygen) and the resulting blend of both picks is an elegant style of a delicately herbal and citrus-flavored Sauvignon Blanc.

 


Vineyards

Carol’s Vineyard is a 34 acre parcel located in northern St. Helena in the Napa Valley, bordered 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 providing only dappled sun exposure to the grape clusters to preserve some of the natural herbaceous fruit character.


TECHNICAL DATA

 

Origin: Carol’s Vineyard, Napa Valley AVA
Composition: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Harvest Dates: August 27 and September 3, 2010
Process: Hand harvested, early morning, crushed and pressed in the Napa Valley
Harvest Chemistries: First pick: 24.8° Brix average, pH 3.09, total acidity 0.80 g/100ml
Second pick: 24.6° Brix average, pH 3.24, total acidity 0.76 g/100ml
Vinification: Yeast: Vin 7 for the first pick and Vin 13 for the second pick
Fermentation: 100% in stainless steel barrels
Maturation: Aged 6½ months in stainless steel barrels on fermentation lees
Bottling Chemistries: pH : 3.31
Total Acidity: 0.72 g/100ml
Alcohol: 14.03% by volume
Residual Sugar: 0.22 g/100ml
Cases produced: 1462 6-pack cases
Cellaring: Delicious now, but can be cellared for 2 to 3 years

Winemaker's Comments

2010 J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is a pale, youthful, straw yellow color with a complex aroma of lime zest, grapefruit, passion fruit, gun flint and faint herbaceous freshness. On the palate, the wine has excellent weight and bright acidity with clean fruit flavors reminiscent of the aromas. Serve at 45 to 50 degrees.

 Jeff Meier, winemaker

Food Pairings

Serve with ceviche, fish tacos or other light seafood and poultry dishes.

Price: $24.00 750ml

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