2014 was the warmest of the last seventeen vintages for the Arroyo Seco AVA, with total growing degree days (GDD) totalling 2,774 - a mid-Region II and well above the 2,365 GDD Region I average over the last twenty five years. This vintage was characterized by a very warm, dry spring, which hastened budbreak and flowering, but was followed by a cool and windy summer which tempered the growth and ripening of Chardonnay. Flavor development reached its optimum in early October and we harvested Chardonnay Clone 76 from our Block 9 - the backbone of the Arroyo Vista blend - on October 12th at a very ripe 27.1° Brix.
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
Best beginning in 2017, but can be cellared for up to 5 years.5 Years
Thomas Keller roasted chicken, broiled sea bass and triple crème brie cheese