2010 J. Lohr October Night Chardonnay

The 2010 vintage saw a return of El Niño weather patterns with a moderately wet rainy season lasting well into May, with just over thirteen inches. The unseasonably cool growing season was reminiscent of 1998, the last significant El Niño vintage, with very persistent fog and mild temperatures throughout the late spring and summer months. Despite the cool vintage, berry set was not adversely effected, and an above-average Chardonnay crop slowed ripening further. A welcome warming trend occured at the end of August that helped push ripening along. With growing degree days (GDD) only near 2100 - a very cool Region I - our Chardonnay, Clone 809, did not reach full maturity until the 1st of October, when the distinctive floral character peaked.

The vineyards for the October Night Chardonnay lie among 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 windprotected 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, attractive and powerful floral character. The soil is laden throughout its loamy profile with “Greenfield potatoes”--stones that resemble potatoes in size and appearance and absorb heat during the day. They then radiate their heat after sunset, enhancing floral character and richness.


Origin: Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Harvest Date: October 1 and October 10, 2010
Process: Night harvested, vineyard pressed (to 0.8 bars) and settled
Harvest Chemistries: 25.4° Brix, pH 3.53, total acidity .72 g/100ml
Vinification: Yeast:  M2
Fermentation:  In barrel for an average of 10 days
Malolactic: Inoculated each barrel with Christian Hansen CH-11 strain of malolactic bacteria on Oct 3 and Oct 13, 2010. Completed malolactic fermentation on Dec 12, 2010.
Stirring:  Stirred each barrel weekly starting Oct 13, 2010 until Jan 2011 (during malolactic fermentation and one month post)
Post-Stirring: Topped up barrels and monitored free sulfur dioxide and oxygen
Maturation:  Aged in barrel sur lie for 12 months in 45% new oak
Barrel Type: French oak
Forests: Troncais
Coopers: Francois Fréres
Bottling Numbers: PH: 3.51
Total Acidity: 0.69g/100ml
Alcohol: 14.3% by volume
Residual Sugar: 0.71g/100ml
Cases Produced: 1,173
Cellaring: Enjoy now, or cellar for up to 5 years

The 2010 October Night Chardonnay has a youthful straw yellow color, and floral aromas with pear, lime and orange peel, 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, followed by malolactic fermentation with lees stirring. This all contributed to a wonderfully complex bouquet that is echoed on the palate with textural richness.
Jeff Meier, winemaker

Price: $28.00 750ml


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2009 J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Chardonnay


The 2009 vintage saw windy weather and very cool temperatures during flowering. This resulted in poor fruit set and very low yields in our Arroyo Vista Chardonnay. The windy, cool weather yielded to more mild conditions for the rest of the season. The combination of low yields, mild weather and long hang time helped produce intensly flavored Chardonnay, rich in texture and full of fruit flavors.

The 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 “Greenfield potatoes” - stones that resemble potatoes in size and appearance and which absorb heat during the day and radiate their heat after sunset. This underlayment of stone effectively limits root growth to the top three to five feet of soil, harmoniously balancing the fruit and shoot growth of our Chardonnay vines.



Appellation:  Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Harvest Dates: September 21 through October 5, 2009
Harvest Process: Night harvested, vineyard pressed (to 0.8 bars) and settled
Harvest Chemistries:

Brix: 25.5°

pH: 3.49

total acidity: 0.69 g/100 ml

Yeast: M2 and D47
Fermentation: In barrel for an average of 17
Malolactic: Inoculated each barrel with Lallamand Alpha strain of malolactic bacteria in October 2009. Completed malolactic fermentation in November 2009.
Stirring: Stirred each barrel weekly from November 2009-March of 2010 (during malolactic fermentation and for five months after)
Post-stirring: Topped up barrels monthly and monitored free sulfur dioxide and oxygen
Maturation: Aged sur lie for 18 months in 50% new oak barrels
Barrel Type: French oak
Forests: TA mix of Allier, Troncais, Nevers
Coopers: Mostly Francois Fréres
Bottling chemistries:
pH : 3.49
Total Acidity: 0.69 g/100 ml
Alcohol: 14.09% by volume
Residual Sugar: 0.62 g/100 ml
Cases produced: 2,178
Cellaring:  Delicious now, but can be cellared for up to 5 years

Winemaker's Comments

Very bright, vibrant yellow color with aromas of pear, apple and lime custard. The Burgundian winemaking techniques, including alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in barrel with lees stirring and extended aging, contribute a complex bouquet of grilled hazelnuts, butter, honey and gun flint and amplify an already intensely viscous wine. This is an enticingly delicious Chardonnay with complex aromas and flavors balanced by palate cleansing acidity.
—Jeff Meier, winemaker


Price: $25.00 750ml

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2010 J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

Honoring a Legacy
Two years ago, J. Lohr began the Touching Lives program in memory of Carol Waldorf Lohr, late wife of founder Jerry Lohr. In 2008, Carol, who was the muse for Jerry’s Napa Valley vineyard, passed away unexpectedly due to complications related to breast cancer. Since, the Lohr family has been working to curtail the impact of breast cancer in the lives of other families.
Touching Lives, One Toast at a Time
This past year, we set out to provide 500 mammograms for women in need by donating $2 from every bottle sold of our J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. With more than 4,000 mammograms funded to date, we have long surpassed our goal! As we partner again with NBCF for the third year in a row, we will continue to expand our efforts to raise money in support of early detection, which has been proven to save lives. Read More.

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Cool and mild weather during the 2010 growing season set the stage for optimal Sauvignon Blanc flavor development. Mild conditions during flowering assured a good crop, and the long, cool season allowed the grapes to mature to their full potential. To create a complex and delicate Sauvignon Blanc with citrus and exotic fruit flavors, we picked the vineyard in two stages. Our first pick was on August 27 at 24.8° Brix, which gave us boxwood and gooseberry characters. The final harvest came on September 3 at 24.6° Brix, and produced flavors of grapefruit, lime zest and passion fruit. The juices from each picking date were fermented separately; this allowed us to apply winemaking techniques that maximize the desired characteristics of each pick. For the 2010 vintage, we destemmed, pressed and settled the Sauvignon Blanc in tanks, followed by fermentation in 55-gallon stainless steel barrels. All winemaking was done in a very reductive environment (excluding oxygen) and the resulting blend of both picks is an elegant style of a delicately herbal and citrus-flavored Sauvignon Blanc.



Carol’s Vineyard is a 34 acre parcel located in northern St. Helena in the Napa Valley, bordered on the east by the Napa River and on the north by Pratt Avenue. Sauvignon Blanc represents 10.88 acres of Carol’s Vineyard and is planted in the eastern portion of the vineyard, adjacent to the Napa River, where outstanding Sauvignon Blanc has grown. The soils are very loamy and well-drained, with a fair amount of gravel. The Clone 1 Sauvignon Blanc is grown on a quadrilateral cordon trellis to control vine vigor providing only dappled sun exposure to the grape clusters to preserve some of the natural herbaceous fruit character.



Origin: Carol’s Vineyard, Napa Valley AVA
Composition: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Harvest Dates: August 27 and September 3, 2010
Process: Hand harvested, early morning, crushed and pressed in the Napa Valley
Harvest Chemistries: First pick: 24.8° Brix average, pH 3.09, total acidity 0.80 g/100ml
Second pick: 24.6° Brix average, pH 3.24, total acidity 0.76 g/100ml
Vinification: Yeast: Vin 7 for the first pick and Vin 13 for the second pick
Fermentation: 100% in stainless steel barrels
Maturation: Aged 6½ months in stainless steel barrels on fermentation lees
Bottling Chemistries: pH : 3.31
Total Acidity: 0.72 g/100ml
Alcohol: 14.03% by volume
Residual Sugar: 0.22 g/100ml
Cases produced: 1462 6-pack cases
Cellaring: Delicious now, but can be cellared for 2 to 3 years

Winemaker's Comments

2010 J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is a pale, youthful, straw yellow color with a complex aroma of lime zest, grapefruit, passion fruit, gun flint and faint herbaceous freshness. On the palate, the wine has excellent weight and bright acidity with clean fruit flavors reminiscent of the aromas. Serve at 45 to 50 degrees.

 Jeff Meier, winemaker

Food Pairings

Serve with ceviche, fish tacos or other light seafood and poultry dishes.

Price: $24.00 750ml


2010 J. Lohr Fog’s Reach Pinot Noir

Wine List Description

Classic aromas of blue sage and strawberry compote are complemented by vanilla and smoke, with a sage-honey finish.


Appellation: Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Maturation: Aged 8 months in French oak barrels
Cellaring: 10 years aging potential, with the greatest evolution after one yaer of bottle age
Cases Produced: 2,427 (4,855 six packs


Fog’s Reach is historically known for its strawberry fruit and sage signature. The character of the 2010 vintage has additional dimensions of cherry, sassafras and black tea with layers of chocolate, ash and cedar. Promising on release, this supple wine will develop a wonderful bottle bouquet in the first year of aging.

Steve Peck, red winemaker

Food Pairings

This wine is excellent with pan-seared tuna with soy, grilled portabellas or rabbit chasseur.

Price: $35.00 750ml

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2010 J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay

El Niño climatic conditions returned in 2010 with heavy winter rainfall and very cool growing conditions through early June. In fact, 2010 was the coolest growing season in terms of Growing Degree Days (GDD) since 1999 (a La Niña year), barely reaching 2,100 GDD (a very cool Region I). Typically, these years produce greater aromatic concentration with higher levels of acidity and result in a very late harvest date. 2010 was also an above-average crop year, which slowed ripening down at the end of the growing season, allowing us to selectively harvest each block with the optimum balance of flavor, sugar concentration and acidity. Harvest commenced on the 30th of September and continued until the last days of October.

The vines for our J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay are grown primarily on Elder loam soils underlain by “riverstones” deposited over thousands of years by the Arroyo Seco River. These stones allow a fourfoot rooting zone that keeps the vines’ vegetative growth and fruit
in balance. Additionally, the cool climate and winds of the Salinas Valley extend the growing season and retain the natural grape acids and intense varietal character of the Chardonnay.


Appellation: Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County
Composition 99.5% Chardonnay, .5% Other White
Harvest Dates: September 29th through October 28th, 2010.
Harvest Chemistries: 24.4° Brix,
Vinification: Malolactic: 50% of Chardonnay in barrel
Maturation: Aged 8 to 10 months in barrels from new to fourth fill
Barrel Type: American, Hungarian and French
Bottling Chemistries: pH: 3.455
Total Acidity: 0.69 g/100ml
Alcohol: 13.63 % by vol
Residual Sugar:0.46%
Cellaring: Drink now, or cellar up to 5 years

This elegant Chardonnay has an attractive pale strawyellow color. The aromas are of pear, apple and stone fruits, combined with a perfumed roasted hazelnut and butterscotch bouquet from the barrel fermentation and sur lie aging. The flavors are very soft with ripe pear, tangelo citrus and vanilla toastiness, producing layers of complexity with a silky balance of fresh fruit acidity and palate-weight.

Jeff Meier, winemaker


Price: $14.00 750ml


2009 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot

The 2009 growing season in Paso Robles had a dry start and a wet finish. Preseason rainfall totals were scant, reaching just half of the 12 inch norm. Merlot responded to the dry conditions by setting smaller, more intense berries with berry weights averaging under 1 gram. Cold April temperatures limited vine growth in the first month after budbreak but were followed by a warmer month of May with a one day temperature spike reaching 104° F just after bloom. The added heat units helped to establish the canopy needed to get the Merlot harvest underway. However, we were hit by an unlikely storm on October 13th that delivered over 6 inches of rain in a single day and delayed our harvest plans for a week. The 2009 wines show intense color and significant tannin structure, with the bright fruit signature that we expect from J. Lohr.

Traditionally, we harvest our estate-grown Merlot grapes across a range of sugar ripeness. The early picks usually capture the classic varietal definition of Merlot, while the fruit harvested later adds depth and intensity to the wine. Clone and rootstock combinations, along with variations in soil, add complexity to our Los Osos Merlot, as does the introduction of recently planted Italian clones. We grow our Merlot grapes in Nacimiento-Los Osos, Arbuckle-San Ysidro and Arbuckle- Positas complex soils in our vineyards in Paso Robles, where these welldrained but relatively poor soils have chalky or gravelly components.

Food Pairings
This wine is an ideal pairing for seafood bisque or filet with wild mushrooms.



Apellation: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County
Composition: 78% Merlot,17% Malbec, 4% Zinfandel, 1% Petie Verdot
Harvest Dates:  September 28 through October 21st, 2009
Brix at harvest: 25.2° Brix avg
Fermentation:  Whole berry fermentation in stainless steel tanks
Malolactic: 100% malolactic
Maturation: 12 months in barrel
Barrel type: American Oak (Missouri and Minnesota)
Bottling chemistries:
pH: 3.68
Total Acidity: 0.67 g/100ml
Alcohol: 13.9% by volume
Residual Sugar: 0.26%
Cellaring: . Delicious now, but has the structure to age up to 5 years

Winemaker's Comments
The 2009 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot has a mature red color with a raspberry hue. Black cherry and pomegranate aromas are accentuated by the high fraction of Malbec in this year’s blend. The toasty oak signature is reminiscent of hazelnut and dark chocolate. This soft red wine has a fine texture on the palate and finishes with a bright Rainier cherry fruit signature. —Steve Peck, red winemaker


Price: $15.00 750ml

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2010 Painter Bridge Zinfandel

Like many works of art, the 2010 Painter Bridge Zinfandel was designed with an eye towards good composition. The fruit for this wine comes from four Paso Robles Zinfandel blocks and is blended with a wonderfully soft and spicy Syrah, which offers fruit and length, and a bit of Petite Sirah for additional body and palate structure. Each lot of Zinfandel was fermented separately, extracting the nuances of the individual vineyard blocks and drawing out a supple texture. Painter Bridge Zinfandel is awash with the gorgeous red fruit characters of the Zinfandel grape, and has been stylized to accent the delicate fruit without overpowering it with too much oak.

Enjoy in its youth, or lay down for up to five years


Origin:  Central Coast, Paso Robles
Composition: 90% Zinfandel, 9% Syrah, 1% Petite Sirah
Harvest Dates: October 29th, 2010
Harvest Process: Hand-harvested, destemmed, then berry-sorted to remove overripe and underripe berries
Harvest Chemistries: 23.7° Brix, 3.44 pH, 0.57 g/100ml total acidity
  Maturation: Tank for 6 months
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.51
  Total Acidity: 0.72
  Alcohol: 12.9% alcohol by volume
  Res. Sugar: 0.28 g/100ml

The 2010 Painter Bridge Zinfandel shows great color density with youthful red hues. The aromas are of ripe red fruits, raspberry confection and black tea with white and black pepper spice. The palate delivers a fruity and plump, yet supple wine with characteristic spicy Zinfandel pepperiness.
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

Enjoy with pasta puttanesca, pizza or grilled meats.

Price: $7.00 750ml

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2010 Cypress Vineyards Chardonnay

The windswept Cypress tree, the unmistakable signature plant of California’s coastal terrain, owes its gnarled appearance to the maritime air’s persistent movement either inland or seaward. The ocean’s influence on the Central Coast winegrowing region is significant, keeping coastal and inland valleys refreshingly cool, while preserving the grape’s natural acidity and flavor. For Cypress Vineyards Chardonnay, the daily cooling air from the Pacific moves directly from Monterey Bay and down the Monterey appellations of the Salinas Valley, creating richly flavored Chardonnay fruit with grapefruit and other citrus flavors paired with peach and tropical flavors. Harvesting and pressing in the vineyard at night ensures the preservation of these bright fruit flavors.


Origin:  100% Monterey Arroyo Seco
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.52
  Total Acidity: 0.70 g/100 ml
  Alcohol: 13.58% alcohol by volume
  Res. Sugar: 0.35 g/100 ml

The 2010 Cypress Vineyards Chardonnay is a vibrant, pale straw color with aromas of ripe peach, pear and honeysuckle. It has lively peach and pear flavors with hints of vanilla and toasted oak. The refreshing acidity, creamy palate texture and bright fruit aromas and flavors make it an ideal accompaniment to grilled chicken and roasted halibut.

Price: $10.00 750ml

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2009 J. Lohr Gesture Syrah

The 2009 growing season in Paso Robles was warmer and drier than average, followed by a heavy rainfall event in mid-October that attenuated ripening of late-maturing varietals. This vintage followed the third consecutive year of below-normal winter rainfall in the Paso Robles AVA, with just under 7 inches recorded at our home ranch weather station. Following a brief heat wave at the end of August, this early-ripening Syrah block saw Brix levels rise due to dehydration of the fruit. We patiently waited out the heat and were rewarded with three weeks of additional hangtime before picking at the onset of a second heat spike in late September.

This Syrah is from Terra Bella Vineyard, located within the Adelaida subdistrict of the Paso Robles AVA, at an elevation of 1,800 feet. This super steep south-facing Block 6 is planted to Syrah clone 877, farmed to just one cluster per shoot and is prone to rapid sugar accumulation and intense flavor concentration.



Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County
Composition: 94% Syrah, 6% Grenache
Harvest Dates:  September 17, 2009
Harvest Process:  Hand-harvested to half ton bins prior to destemming and berry sorting on Vaucher Beguet Mistral system
Harvest chemistries: 28.4° Brix, 0.64 g/100ml TA, 3.47 pH
Yeast: Lallemand RC212 yeast
Fermentation:  Fermented in 10 ton open top tank
Temperature: Cold soak 5 days at 55°F, then fermented to 90°F peak temperature
Maceration: 9 days on skins
Malolactic:  100% malolactic, Viniflora Oenos
Maturation: 16 months in barrel
Barrel type: French oak, 36% new
Bottle aging: Bottled in March 2011
Bottling chemistries:
pH: 3.42
Total Acidity: 0.68 g/100ml
Alcohol: 15.16 % by volume
Res. Sugar: Dry
Cellaring: Delicious now, but can be cellared for 6 to 8 years.
Cases produced: 225

Winemaker's Comments
“The 2009 J. Lohr Gesture Syrah shows incredible density of color and leads with an overwhelming bright, jammy fruit aroma. The delicate oak signature reveals white chocolate and a touch of sage. Flavors are dense on the palate, with soft tannins and a lingering minerality.”
—Steve Peck, red winemaker

Food Pairings
Mussels with saffron crème or classic duck confit.


Price: $30.00 750ml

2010 Cypress Vineyards Merlot

The windswept Cypress tree, the unmistakable signature plant of California’s coastal terrain, owes its gnarled appearance to the maritime air’s persistent movement either inland or seaward.  The ocean’s influence on the Central Coast winegrowing region is significant – keeping coastal and inland valley’s refreshingly cool at night, while preserving the grape’s natural acidity and flavor.


Origin:  Central Coast
Composition: 8o% Merlot, 16% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petite Sirah.
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.68
  Total Acidity: 0.66g/100ml
  Alcohol: 13.72% alcohol by volume
  Res. Sugar: 0.31 g/100ml

The 2010 Cypress Vineyards Merlot presents a garnet red color of medium density with hues indicative of full maturation. Fruit aromas of cherry, raspberry and passionfruit are complemented by a bouquet of toasted oak and cocoa powder. A large portion of Malbec in the blend increases the fruit signature with a hibuscus character. The round texture and comfortable weight of this wine is followed by a sweet, mature finish. 2010 Cypress Vineyards Merlot would pair wonderfully with beef filets with a red wine sauce or barbecued ribs. This wine can be enjoyed in its youth or cellared up to five years.

 Price: $10.00 750ml

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