2019 J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Chardonnay
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Wine Enthusiast, October 2021
Aromas of yellow flowers, baked apple, crème brûlée, and brioche. The texture is balanced by integrated flavors of pear, Meyer lemon cream, and baking spices, with a long, sweet oak finish.
— Kristen Barnhisel, winemaker, white wine
Arroyo Seco, Monterey County, CA
Delicious now; can be cellared up to 5 years.5 Years
Triple crème brie cheese, lobster with lemon butter, lemon-sesame salmon, or hazelnut- encrusted chicken.
Time in Barrel Aged sur lie for 14 months in 44% new oak
Barrel Type French oak
Coopers Dargaud et Jaegle, Louis Latour, François Frères, Marcel Cadet, Nadalie
From J. Lohr’s pioneering vineyards in Monterey’s Arroyo Seco; textbook Monterey Chardonnay wine with tropical fruit and bright acidity, amazingly food-versatile.
Our J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Chardonnay is grown in the heart of the windswept and cool Arroyo Seco AVA of Monterey County. Loamy sand and gravelly loam soils of the Elder series are intermixed and underlain by “Greenfield potatoes” - stones that resemble potatoes in size and appearance and which absorb heat during the day and radiate it after sunset. This underlying layer of stone effectively limits root growth to the top three to five feet of soil, harmoniously balancing the fruit and shoot growth of our richly flavored Chardonnay.
The 2019 growing season was very similar to the 2018 growing season in the Arroyo Seco, which was cool and moderate for the spring and into the summer. The cool weather during the summer provided a slow and even ripening of the grapes, while the afternoon winds helped to keep the fruit healthy until harvest. The warmth from early September was just enough to fully ripen the grapes, while three extra weeks on the vine contributed to the rich texture. Sugars, acids, and flavors for our Block 9, clone 76 Chardonnay - the backbone of the Arroyo Vista blend - were in optimal balance for harvesting on October 22, 2019.