2020 J. Lohr F&G Vineyard Pinot Blanc
JebDunnuck.com, October 2021
The 2020 J. Lohr F&G Vineyard Pinot Blanc is pale yellow in color and displays aromas of ripe apple, paperwhites, and pear. These aromas are complemented on the palate by the complex flavors of ripe melon and Meyer lemon, with a creamy texture and long finish from fermentation and aging in the large vessels.
— Kristen Barnhisel, winemaker, white wine
Arroyo Seco, Monterey, CA
Delicious now and will gain complexity over the next three years.3 Years
Serve as an aperitif to complement Taleggio cheese, or alongside apple-fennel salad or shellfish with lemon aioli.
Aging: Aged for 6 months sur lie in concrete egg
Forests: Emphasis is on tight-grain structure French oak from the center of France and acacia wood
Pinot Blanc was one of the eleven original varieties planted by Jerry Lohr in the Arroyo Seco in 1972. This wine was grown on our sustainably farmed joint venture, the F&G Vineyard. The rugged cobblestone-laden soils in the Arroyo Seco 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 2020 growing season was characterized by a very cool spring in the Arroyo Seco. Fortunately, summer brought with it daytime highs in the 80s to help fully ripen the grapes. The earlier 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 riper melon flavors and rich texture to extend the finish.