Arroyo Vista Bottle Shot

2016 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Arroyo Vista Chardonnay

$25.00

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

Vintage

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.

Vineyards

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.

Wine Details

  • Composition Blend
    • 100%

      Chardonnay

  • Origin

    Arroyo Seco, Monterey County, CA

  • Cellaring

    Delicious now and can be cellared up to 5 years. 

    5 Years
  • Food Pairings

    Herb chicken with toasted hazelnuts, seared scallops with lemon tarragon, or triple crème brie cheese. 

  • Accolades & Reviews
    • 92 Points, Editors’ Choice: Excellent; highly recommended Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide, July 2018
      “Intriguing, deep and dark on the nose, this bottling offers aromas of root beer, black-cherry sauce and vanilla. Framed by upright yet polished tannins on the palate, fresh flavors of blackberry and blueberry are lifted by vanilla spice. This is an easy-to-like, yet heavy-duty, wine.” -Matt Kettmann
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