2017 J. Lohr Estates Falcon's Perch Pinot Noir
Wine Enthusiast, March 2019
The 2017 J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch showcases the best of cool climate Monterey County Pinot Noir. Wild strawberry and sage on the nose are followed by bright rhubarb, camphor and bittersweet chocolate on the finish.
— Steve Peck, Director of Winemaking
Monterey County, CA
Tannin structure will soften in the first year along with the evolution of an aromatic bottle bouquet. Best between 2019 and 2021.4 Years
A pinch of red pepper really sets off this Pinot Noir. Delicious when paired with Spanish chorizo or paella. Also matches quite well with mushroom dishes or Pacific salmon.
Winter and spring rains in our Monterey County vineyards narrowly exceeded longterm averages in 2017, which was beneficial to both soil and vine health as well as wine quality. Seasonal temperatures could be describedas cool through spring and summer, with daily temperatures in the mid 70s to mid 80s. Warmer ripening weather developed in early September providing the final push to flavor and maturity for the vintage.
Our Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir is produced from cool climate grapes grown in select vineyards within and surrounding the Arroyo Seco and Santa Lucia Highlands regions of central Monterey County. This region has earned a well-deserved reputation for producing world-class Pinot Noir. Over the past decade, the introduction of Dijon clones of Pinot Noir, along with the old standby Pommard clone, has dramatically increased the quality of the varietal here. These newer clones are the backbone of this release of Falcon’s Perch, named for the bird which had made its home in the lone pine tree among the vines, safeguarding the grapes from vertabrate pests while preserving the ecosystem’s natural balance.