2018 J. Lohr Estates Bay Mist White Riesling
Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA
Enjoy this versatile wine as an aperitif with goat cheese and prosciutto, spicy tuna sushi, or with Thai curry dishes.
The 2018 growing season in the Arroyo Seco was characterized primarily by a cool spring and summer. With cool mornings and evenings, the Arroyo Seco weather was close to ideal for ripening the White Riesling grapes. The afternoon winds in the Salinas Valley increased the texture and extended the ripening for Riesling into November, our latest harvest date in recent years. The cool nights allowed the vines to retain their natural acidity with just enough ripeness to show the tropical side of this varietal. 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 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 average 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.