The 2017 growing season was characterized by a cool spring and an early summer. With cool mornings and evenings, and summer highs in the 80s, the Arroyo Seco weather was close to ideal for ripening the White Riesling grapes. The warm summer weather was balanced by the afternoon winds, like clockwork, that roar down the Salinas Valley. The cool nights allowed the vines to retain their natural acidity, while the warm days allowed just enough sunshine to develop ripe and complex flavors. The Bay Mist White Riesling is a complex blend of two clones - FPS Clone 10, whose origin is unknown, and FPS Clone 17, from Geisenheim, Germany. These complementary clones provide a spectrum of varietal aromas, from citrus, lemongrass, and floral, to a focused minerality.
The vines for our J. Lohr Estates Bay Mist White Riesling are grown in well-drained Chualar loam soils underlain by stones deposited from the Arroyo Seco River. The Region I climate, in concert with the winds of the Salinas Valley, extend the growing season well into late October, preserving the natural grape acidity and vibrant fruit flavors. Our primary goal with this varietal is to evoke the purest manifestation of fruit from the vineyard, enhanced by a combination of cultured yeasts fermented in stainless steel to showcase the grape’s complex character.
Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, California
Enjoy this wine as an aperitif with ripened rind goat cheese (Morbier), spicy ahi tuna sushi, or with flavorful Indian or Thai curry dishes.