2022 J. Lohr October Night Chardonnay
The 2022 October Night Chardonnay displays exotic floral aromas of gardenia, Meyer lemon, ripe apple, and baking spices. Traditional Burgundian winemaking techniques, such as malolactic fermentation and weekly stirring of the lees in French oak barrels, were used to complement these aromatics.
— Kristen Barnhisel, winemaker, white wine
Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA
Best enjoyed now through 2026.4 Years
A perfect pairing with crab cakes, halibut with Meyer lemon and capers, or citrus-herbed chicken.
Fermentation: In barrel for an average of 14 days
Time in Barrel: Aged in barrel sur lie for 8 months - 22% new oak
The Musqué clone, harvested in a single October night, is the backbone of this aromatic, distinctive Monterey Chardonnay wine.
The vineyards for the October Night Chardonnay lie in J. Lohr’s Block 9 plantings in the Arroyo Seco AVA of Monterey County. This location near the mouth of the Arroyo Seco River provides the vines a slightly more wind-protected environment in which to grow. Comprised largely of Dijon Clone 809 Chardonnay - known in some circles as the Musqué Clone - these vines produce a very distinctive and attractive floral character. The soil is laden throughout its loamy profile with stones that resemble potatoes in size and appearance and which absorb heat during the day and radiate back their heat after sunset, enhancing the eventual wine’s floral richness.
The 2022 vintage in the Arroyo Seco was the coolest in a decade, with cold temperatures during the spring and summer months. Fortunately, September began with some warmer weather to fully ripen the Chardonnay and, along with our typical winds, extended the growing season by three weeks. Our 2022 harvest of Clone 809 Chardonnay (the backbone of October Night) occurred on September 23rd.