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.