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.
Arroyo Seco, Monterey County, CA
Delicious now and will gain complexity over the next three years.3 Years