2012 J. Lohr October Night Chardonnay

2012 continued the trend of cool years, which began in 2010, but started with even colder winter and early spring temperatures than 2011. Fortunately, unlike 2010 and 2011, the Arroyo Seco was blessed with favorable weather from bloom to fruit-set, and dry weather from April through October. The cool, dry weather allowed for full flavor development of this very aromatic clone of Chardonnay, and a short heat wave from September 30th through October 2nd ensured the perfect level of ripeness.

The vineyards for the October Night Chardonnay lie in J. Lohr’s Block 9 plantings in the Arroyo Seco AVA of Monterey County, 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 - known in some circles as the Musqué Clone - these vines produce a very distinctive and attractive floral character. The loamy soil is laden throughout with “Greenfield potatoes”. These stones resemble potatoes in size and appearance and absorb heat during the day. They continue to radiate their heat after sunset, enhancing floral character and richness.


Origin: Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA
Composition: 100% Chardonnay - 73% Clone 809 and 27% Clones 95 and 96
Harvest Date: October 11th, 2012
Process: Hand-harvested at night into bins, whole cluster pressed to 1.0 bar and cold settled
Harvest Chemistries: 26.1° Brix, pH 3.52, 0.66 g/100ml total acidity
Vinification: Yeast:  VL1
Fermentation:  In barrel for an average of 14 days
Malolactic: Inoculated each barrel with Christian Hansen Vinaflora Oenos strain of malolactic bacteria on October 26th, 2012, resulting in the completion of malolactic fermentation on November 30th, 2012
Stirring:  Stirred each barrel weekly starting October 26th, 2012, until June 4th, 2013
Post-Stirring: Topped up barrels and monitored free sulfur dioxide and oxygen
Maturation:  Aged in barrel sur lie for 9 months in 45% new oak
Barrel Type: French oak
Forests: Troncais
Coopers: Francois Fréres
Bottling Numbers: PH: 3.59
Total Acidity: 0.63g/100ml
Alcohol: 14.15% by volume
Residual Sugar: 0.39g/100ml
Cases Produced: 3,990 six pack cases
Cellaring: Enjoy this delicious wine now, or cellar for up to 5 years

The 2012 October Night Chardonnay is a bright, pale straw yellow color, with aromas of honeysuckle, tropical fruit, orange blossom honey and toasty vanilla. The winemaking techniques, used to enhance the spicy and exotic nature of this Chardonnay, included barrel fermentation in largely one-year-old French oak barrels in the coldest corner of our barrel room. This was followed by malolactic fermentation with lees stirring. The result is a very attractive and complex bouquet with a soft, rich and seamless texture.
Karl Antink, white winemaker

This wine is the perfect pairing to hazelnut-encrusted chicken, grilled lobster or halibut with orange beurre blanc.

Floral aromas of honeysuckle and tropical fruit – a complex wine with layers of varietal character.

Price: $25.00 750ml