Arroyo Seco, Monterey County, California
Enjoy this versatile wine as an aperitif with goat cheese and prosciutto, pork tenderloin, spicy sushi, or with Thai curry dishes.
Maturation: Three months in stainless steel tanks
Fresh Riesling flavors can be found within the next 4 years, or its bottle bouquet can be enjoyed over the next 10 years.
The 2019 growing season was very similar to 2018 in the Arroyo Seco, and was characterized by a mild spring and moderate 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, just before the season turned. 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.