J. Lohr Three Chardonnays
Back in 1972, when Monterey County was all but unknown among wine lovers, our founder, winegrowing pioneer Jerry Lohr, planted his first Chardonnay vineyards in the region’s cool, windswept Arroyo Seco appellation. Today, our estate Chardonnay vineyards span more than 700 acres in Arroyo Seco and the nearby Santa Lucia Highlands, and Monterey County has earned global renown for its vibrant and alluring cool-climate Chardonnays.
With 10 different clones of Chardonnay grown throughout different microclimates and a diverse tapestry of vineyard blocks, we are able to craft three wonderful expressions of Chardonnays. While each one offers its own uniquely enticing sense of place, they share much in common, including a “soil-to-bottle” philosophy that begins in our estate vineyards and concludes at our new state-of-the art Greenfield winery, where gifted Winemaker Kristen Barnhisel guides our acclaimed white wine program. There, Kristen applies artisan techniques that include 100% barrel fermentation and lees stirring to achieve beautiful textures and richness in our wines.
Our pioneering spirit is the same today as it was back then, as is our goal of letting the quality and terroir of this world-class winegrowing region shine through in every bottle of J. Lohr Chardonnay.
Monterey County, the beautiful place that we call home
J. Lohr Estates
Arroyo Seco Chardonnay meets sur lie aging
Primarily featuring Elder loam soils, our Riverstone Chardonnay vineyards have abundant ‘Riverstones,’ also called ‘Greenfield potatoes,’ which limit soil depth, and provide ideal drainage, yielding a lush and vibrant wine that balances elegance and intensity.
J. Lohr Vineyard Series
Arroyo Vista Chardonnay
J. Lohr’s interpretation of a “White Burgundy” from Monterey
Our beautiful Greenfield Chardonnay vineyards where this silky, citrus-driven wine comes from offer lovely vistas of the Arroyo Seco River.
J. Lohr Vineyard Series
October Night Chardonnay
The fragrance of Chardonnay Clone 809
This enticingly aromatic wine always features the “muscat clone” of Chardonnay (Clone 809), which we harvest in a single October night.
New World International Wine Competition, 2018
The Tasting Panel, Dec. ’17
Beverage Dynamics, Mar. ’16
Wine Enthusiast, July. ’18
Wine.com, Dec. ’17
Wine Review Online, Nov. ’17
Beverage Dynamics, Mar. ’17
Wine Enthusiast, Jul. ’18
PinotFile, Mar. ’18