2018 J. Lohr Vineyard Series F&G Pinot Blanc Pinot Blanc
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Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, December 2019
- "Pinot Blanc is underutilized in California, largely due to fewer and fewer plantings. J. Lohr has remained dedicated to it, after originally planting it in 1972 in Arroyo Seco. This bottling comes from F&G Vineyard (Franscioni & Griva) in the same area. It delivers apple, pear and citrus over a creamy texture with good weight band bright acidity that pushes the finish in a fully integrated way. A compelling argument for more planting of this variety!"
The 2018 F&G Vineyard Pinot Blanc is pale yellow in color, highlighted by aromas of ripe green apple, honeysuckle, and pear. These aromas are complemented on the palate by the complex flavors of ripe Fuji apple, Meyer lemon, and melon. The creamy texture completes the long finish.
— Kristen Barnhisel, winemaker, white wines
Arroyo Seco, Monterey County, CA
Delicious now and will gain complexity over the next three years.3 Years
Apple fennel salad, quiche Lorraine, shellfish, cream sauced pastas.
Pinot Blanc was one of the 11 original varietal plantings by Jerry Lohr in Arroyo Seco in 1972. This year, we are pleased to offer a blend made from grapes grown in our sustainably farmed joint venture, F&G Vineyard. The 2018 growing season was characterized by a very cool spring in the Arroyo Seco. Fortunately, summer brought daytime highs in the 80s to help fully ripen the grapes. The cool weather enhanced the fresh apple, pear, melon, and Meyer lemon flavors while the afternoon winds helped slow maturity of the grapes and increase their texture. We harvested this vineyard in two picks – the first to enhance the bright acidity that is the Alsatian side of this grape, and the second to provide a riper melon flavor and rich texture to extend the finish.
The grapes for the F&G Vineyard Pinot Blanc are grown in the sand-laden cobblestone soil of the cool and windy Arroyo Seco AVA. These rugged soils keep yields in check and produce fruit with varietal intensity, minerality, and exceptional weight. The long cool growing season of the Arroyo Seco appellation ensures that texture develops alongside the bright acidity. The F&G Pinot Blanc is created to be a unique, classic expression of the vineyard.