2021 J. Lohr October Night Chardonnay
Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA
Best enjoyed now through 2026.5 Years
A perfect pairing with crab cakes, halibut with Meyer lemon and capers, or citrus-herbed chicken.
Fermentation: Barrel fermented for an average of 23 days
Time in Barrel: Aged in barrel sur lie for 8 months - 24% new oak
The Musqué clone, harvested in a single October night, is the backbone of this aromatic, distinctive Monterey Chardonnay wine.
The source for October Night is our J. Lohr Block 9 plantings in the Arroyo Seco AVA of Monterey County. This vineyard block is near the mouth of the Arroyo Seco River, which provides the vines a slightly more wind-protected environment. Comprised largely of Dijon Clone 809 Chardonnay - also known as the Musqué Clone - these vines produce a very distinctive and attractive floral character. The soil is laden throughout its loamy profile with large stones that resemble potatoes in size and appearance; these stones absorb heat during the day and radiate back their warmth after sunset, enhancing floral character and richness.
The 2021 vintage in the Arroyo Seco was the coolest in a decade, with lower than normal temperatures during the spring and summer months. September began with warmer weather to fully ripen the Chardonnay. We employed rainfall-like 24 to 36 hour infrequent irrigation events in the spring; this was followed by a six to eight week “dry-down” between berry set and veraison to help increase aroma intensity and concentration of flavors. Our harvest of Clone 809 Chardonnay (the backbone of October Night) occurred on October 29th.