2015 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Arroyo Vista Chardonnay
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- Superior in taste and character and providing an outstanding price/value relationship. “Consistently one of the best examples of Monterey chardonnay. Winemaker Kristen Barnhisel puts a decidedly Burgundian spin on this rich, voluptuous wine. A very specific French barrel program, weekly stirring of the lees, Dijon 76 clone, and other classic techniques shine on the palate. Full-bodied and complex. Peach, vanilla and lemon dominate the nose.”
Medium straw yellow in color, this 2015 Arroyo Vista Chardonnay exhibits intriguing aromas of wet stone, white peach, lemon cream, crème brûlée and vanilla. The rich palate texture is derived from the use of classic Burgundian techniques, such as primary and malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels and weekly stirring of the lees during aging. The texture is balanced by fresh flavors of stone and citrus fruits, with a long, sweet oak finish.
— Kristen Barnhisel, winemaker, white wines
Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA
Delicious now, but can be cellared for up to 5 years.5 Years
Delicious with citrus-marinated chicken, seared scallops with lemon tarragon, or triple crème brie cheese.
The 2015 vintage was a very low rainfall year with a cool spring and warm summer. The early spring budbreak advanced vine growth by two to three weeks and created the anticipation of an early harvest. However, the onset of this year’s harvest was moderated by the summer winds in the Arroyo Seco. The Dijon Clone 76 harvested on October 8th from our Block 9 vineyard makes up the majority of this blend, contributing to its Meyer lemon and mineral aromas and great texture.
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.