2013 in the Arroyo Seco was just about the perfect vintage. With warm, dry weather from April to October, it was the second warmest vintage in the last 12 years, and a welcome break from three very cool years. Although temperatures were warm in 2013, there were no days over 100 degrees, and no rainfall during the ripening period. With no heat waves or rain in sight, our Dijon Clone 76 Chardonnay could hang on the vine, developing rich, ripe tropical fruit flavors and aromas with big palate weight.
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.
Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA
Delicious now, but can be cellared for up to 5 years.5 Years
Lobster rolls, grilled scallops, hazelnut crusted chicken and late summer vegetables like pumpkin, squash, corn and peppers.