2016 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Late Harvest White Riesling
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Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA
Delicious now, but can be cellared for 10 to 15 years.15 Years
Pairs well with blue cheeses, nuts, apricot tart, apple pie, or passionfruit desserts.
The 2016 growing season was cooler than previous vintages in the Arroyo Seco. With cool mornings and evenings and daytime highs in the 80’s, the weather was close to ideal for ripening White Riesling grapes. The afternoon winds which roar down the valley helped the vines ripen slowly. The cool nights enabled the vines to retain their natural acidity while the warm days allowed just enough sunshine to develop ripe and complex flavors. Conditions in late August and September were quite humid and ideal for the growth of Botrytis or “noble rot” in the Griva Vineyard. After several passes to remove any unwanted berries, the best of this Botrytis- laden fruit was hand-picked into bins in the cool morning of October 12 at 33.7°B.
In 1998, we began a joint venture planting partnership with our longtime neighbor in the Arroyo Seco, Michael Griva, and in 2006, planted Riesling on a series of small mesas close to the Arroyo Seco River in the heart of the Arroyo Seco appellation, internally designated as Blocks 9 and 10. The soils in the area are largely Arroyo Seco gravelly, sandy loam, with ubiquitous large cobbles deposited by the Arroyo Seco River over the millenia, providing a well-drained medium for the Riesling vines to grow and showcase the Arroyo Seco terroir.