2016 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Arroyo Vista Chardonnay
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- “Tight-grained oak aromas meet with lemon rind, lime blossom and a touch of smoke on the nose of this bottling. The savory palate is reminiscent of smoked chicken in a lemony herb sauce, dusted with sea salt and framed with a solid structure and acidic verve.” -Matt Kettmann
Medium straw yellow in color, this 2016 Arroyo Vista Chardonnay exhibits intriguing aromas of lemon cream, white peach, caramel, crème brûlée and toasted hazelnuts. 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, citrus fruit, and baked apple, with a long, sweet oak finish.
— Kristen Barnhisel, Winemaker, White Wines
Arroyo Seco, Monterey County, CA
Delicious now and can be cellared up to 5 years.5 Years
Herb chicken with toasted hazelnuts, seared scallops with lemon tarragon, or triple crème brie cheese.
In contrast to the three prior vintages, the 2016 growing season was marked by a return of winter and spring rainfall. The cool weather during the summer provided a slow and even ripening of the grapes, while the afternoon winds in the Arroyo Seco helped to keep the fruit healthy until harvest. Sugars, acids, and flavors for our Block 9, clone 76 Chardonnay - the backbone of the Arroyo Vista blend - were in optimal balance on the harvest date of September 24 at 25.1° 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.