Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA
Crafted to be enjoyed within three to five years of vintage.5 Years
This wine can be enjoyed with a variety of dishes, such as salmon in a creamy dijon sauce, chicken with mushroom sauce, or niçoise salad with a citrus vinaigrette.
The 2016 vintage was a cooler vintage with respect to recent years in Monterey County. This fluctuating growing season began with a moderate spring. Summer was moderate as well, with some added warmth, creating the perfect ripening conditions for our Chardonnay and preserving the fresh acidity that is a hallmark of Arroyo Seco fruit. Harvest began on September 15th and finished on October 17, which are considered normal for this region. Our Riverstone Chardonnay is now comprised of nine Chardonnay clones - 4, 5, 17, 76, 95, 96, 548, 809 and Hyde-Wente, each bringing a component to the complexity of flavors, textures and acidities that show beautifully in the final blend.
The vines for our J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay are grown primarily on Elder loam soils, underlain by “riverstones” deposited over thousands of years by the Arroyo Seco River. These stones limit soil depth from one to four feet, although roots are found at greater depths. This unique combination of sandy loam and cobblestone soils keep the vegetative growth and fruit in balance, while the cool climate and winds of the Salinas Valley extend the growing season - retaining the natural grape acids and intense varietal character of Chardonnay.