2020 J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Chardonnay
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Wine Enthusiast, June/July 2022
2022 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition
Pale yellow in color, the 2020 Arroyo Vista Chardonnay exhibits intriguing aromas of paperwhites, Meyer lemon, ripe apple, white peach, brioche, and crème brûlée. The rich palate texture is derived from the use of classic Burgundian techniques, such as primary and malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels and weekly stirring of the lees during aging.
— 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, creamy mushroom polenta, chicken with dijon mustard sauce, lobster or crab with lemon butter.
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 river stones that resemble potatoes in size and appearance and which absorb heat during the day and radiate it after sunset. This effectively limits root growth to the top three to five feet of soil, harmoniously balancing the fruit and shoot growth of this richly flavored Chardonnay.
The 2020 growing season was characterized by a cool spring and summer in the Arroyo Seco. 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. While the basis of the blend is still clone 76, with its ripe pear and apple flavors, the wine displays additional depth thanks to new clones from a replanted Block 5 - the original Arroyo Vista block. The Mt. Eden clone offers daffodil, Meyer lemon, and tangerine flavors; clone 17 supplies floral, strawberries and cream, and white peach flavors; clone 95 contributes yellow peach and rich texture; clone 96 brings apple and apricot flavors and bright acidity to the blend.