2017 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Arroyo Vista Chardonnay
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Wine Enthusiast, July 2019
Light straw in color, this 2017 Arroyo Vista Chardonnay exhibits intriguing aromas of Meyer lemon cream, yellow flowers, baked pear, 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 apple, pear, and citrus, with a long, sweet oak finish.
— Kristen Barnhisel, winemaker, white wine
Arroyo Seco, Monterey County, CA
Delicious now and can be cellared up to 5 years.5 Years
Triple crème brie cheese, herb roasted chicken, seafood risotto, or hazelnut-crusted halibut
The 2017 growing season in the Arroyo Seco started with moderate and mostly cool weather for the spring and into the summer months. The cool weather during the summer provided a slow and even ripening of the grapes, while the afternoon winds helped to keep the fruit healthy until harvest. The warmth from early September was just enough to fully ripen the grapes, while three extra weeks on the vine contributed to the rich texture. 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 October 20, 2017.
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.