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2010 J. Lohr Estates South Ridge Syrah

VINTAGE
2010 was the coolest vintage Paso Robles has seen in a decade. With winter rainfall 50% above normal, and growing degree days well below average, there were concerns that this vintage may not completely ripen. The cool forecast provided an ideal challenge for the newest evolution in our vineyard irrigation strategy, which involved absolutely zero irrigation for an extended period of time beginning in mid-June, just after fruitset. Our weekly monitoring of vine water status allowed us to precisely determine when soil profiles had dried out and whether vines were in need of watering. Initially, we expected that a three to five week “dry-down” would be possible, but were impressed that most of our resourceful Syrah did not reach significant water stress until a full two months had passed without irrigation. Our dramatic approach in the vineyard kept berry size small and switched vines from a vegetative state to a reproductive state early in the season, driving early seed maturity and dramatic flavor maturity that is evident in this wine.


VINEYARDS
The J. Lohr Estates South Ridge Syrah is grown on a combination of predominantly sandy and gravelly soils, to reign in Syrah’s rangy growth potential. The name South Ridge is derived from the orientation of its namesake vineyard, which sits on a southfacing hillside, resulting in fruit with intense flavors. As the popularity of Syrah has grown, we have planted two additional estate vineyards, one within a mile of the original planting, and the second is eight miles south in a slightly cooler area of the Paso Robles AVA.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Varietal Blend: 100% Syrah 
Harvest Dates:
September 18th to November 5th, 2010
Brix at Harvest: 24.6° Brix
Vinification:  
  Fermentation: Fermented in 20-ton stainless steel fermenters
  Malolactic: 100% malolactic in tank
and barrel
  Maturation: 12 months in oak barrels
  Barrel type: Low-toasted American and French oak, 18% new
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.7
  Total Acidity: 0.66 g/100 ml
  Alcohol: 13.7% by volume 
  Residual Sugar:0.17 g/100 ml
  Cellaring: Soft and approachable at release; will age nicely up to 7 years.

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2010 is particularly dark in color, with aromas of pomegranate, black tea, blueberry and prune. Low-toasted oak accentuates the fruit, bringing vanilla and a supple, lean tannin structure that invites food pairing. The finish is bright and fruit-driven on the palate.
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Perfect with black and blue Ahi tuna, duck confit or a savory Tri-tip with ancho chile glaze.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Particularly dark in color, with aromas of pomegranate, black tea, blueberry and prune.

 

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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.


VINEYARDS
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.


TECHNICAL DATA

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

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
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

 

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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.


Vineyards
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.


TECHNICAL DATA

 

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
   
Vinification:  
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

 

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2010 J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir

VINTAGE
2010 represents the second release of J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir from Monterey County. The 2010 growing season was the coolest we’ve seen since 1998 and was ideal for expressing Pinot Noir varietal character with modest Brix levels and outstanding acidity. Lower than normal temperatures in May led to a protracted bloom and set. A very unusual 108-plus degree heat wave came in August just after veraison, and Pinot Noir was hard hit with losses amounting to 20-30% of the crop. Then, beginning in late September, mild autumn temperatures spiked a bit to bring about typical harvest dates.


VINEYARDS
Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir is produced from cool climate grapes grown in select vineyards within and surrounding the Arroyo Seco region of central Monterey County. This region has earned a well-deserved reputation for producing world-class Pinot Noir. Over the past decade, the introduction of Dijon clones of Pinot, along with the old standby Pommard clone, has dramatically increased the quality of the varietal here. These newer clones are the backbone of Falcon’s Perch, named for the bird which has made its home in the lone pine tree among the vines, safeguarding the grapes from vertabrate pests while preserving the ecosystem’s natural balance.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: Monterey County, California
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Total Acidity: 0.64 g/100ml
pH at Bottling: 3.81
Alcohol: 13.65% by volume
Residual Sugar: 0.12 g/100ml
Vinification: Fermented in 6 to 12 ton lots in open-top punch down tanks. Temperatures peaking at 95 degrees rendered high complex color in the wine.
Maturation: Matured in stainless steel with a minimal fraction aged in French oak barrels
Harvest Dates: September 27- October 22, 2010

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
This wine has a garnet color, and is adorned with aromas of red fruit, lilac, rose petal, vanilla and notes of sage and thyme. Tar, beeswax and oak frame the complex varietal character unique to Pinot Noir. Soft tannins on the palate give way to the fine, talcy finish on this very food friendly wine.
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Pairs well with pan-seared Ahi tuna with sesame, smoked salmon on savory crackers, or a cheese plate with Humboldt Fog.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Aromas of red fruit, lilac, vanilla, sage and thyme complement notes of tar, beeswax and oak.

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2010 J. Lohr Estates Bay Mist White Riesling

2010 was an El Niño vintage. El Niño is a term for warming Eastern Pacific Ocean waters, normally accompanied by above average rainfall in California (which we experienced) and very cool temperatures throughout the growing season. In fact, 2010 was the coolest vintage of the last ten years, and was very similar to the 1998 and 1999 vintages during the last El Niño period. The only significant heat event in 2010 occured in late August, with temperatures soaring just above 100°F for two consecutive days, followed by an immediate return to cool weather for the balance of the vintage. This cool weather preserved the Riesling’s vibrant acidity and accentuated the variety’s minerality. Additionally, we intentionally harvested at a lower level of ripeness - 22.3° Brix - to capture the more delicate fruit qualities of apricot, grapefruit and apple.


White Riesling
The release of the 2010 marks the thirty-fourth vintage of White Riesling from our Bay Mist vineyards in Monterey County.  The vines are grown in well drained Chualar and Elder loam soils underlain by stones deposited from the Arroyo Seco, as well as Metz and Arroyo Seco gravelly, sandy loams. The winds of the Salinas Valley extend the growing season, and the fruit retains the natural grape acids.  The pure manifestation of fruit from the vineyards is our primary goal in producing this varietal, employing a combination of cultured yeasts fermented in stainless steel.


TECHNICAL DATA

 

Origin: Monterey County
Composition: 96.7% White Riesling,
2.7% Orange Muscat
.06% Gewurztraminer
Harvest Date: October 3th to 13th, 2010
Brix at Harvest: 22.3° average
Total Acidity: 0.73 g/100 ml
pH at Bottling: 3.07
Alcohol: 11.91% by volume
Residual Sugar: 2.09 g/100 ml
Vinification: Stainless steel fermented
M2 (Terpene and thiol varietal character enhancing)
R-HST (Terpene varietal character enhancing)
Maturation: Four months in stainless steel post fermentation
Bottling Date: january, 2011

Winemaker's Comments
Pale, youthful yellow color with inviting aromas of pink grapefruit, bosc pear, pippin apple, apricot, rose petal and wet stones. The round palate feel echoes the fruit aromas of pear, grapefruit and rose petal spice, balanced with refreshing fruit-flavored acidity and a slight palate spritz.

 

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2010 J. Lohr Estates Wildflower Valdiguié

VINTAGE
2010 was the coolest growing season we’ve seen in the Arroyo Seco in the past decade. The season allowed for adequate hang time, which enabled great flavor development with less accumulation of sugar than in typical years. Valdiguié is a very large-berried variety, requiring extra vigilance from our Greenfield vineyard team to prune to only one bud per spur and to aggressively thin any extra shoots pushing from the spur area. Otherwise, yields are too high and ripening becomes difficult for this late-maturing variety, particularly in a cool year. In our winemaking, our goal is to preserve Valdiguié’s wonderful natural acidity and fresh fruit flavors. We incorporate two different winemaking techniques to achieve this. In 2010, we handpicked roughly 19% of the fruit and put those whole clusters directly into the fermenters in a winemaking process called carbonic maceration – no yeast or pumping over of the fruit is performed. The other techniques are to gently de-stem and crush the fruit going to the fermenter, pump over and extract with fairly short, warm fermentations. These processes give the wine a remarkable similarity to the wines of Beaujolais, with enticing berry fruit flavors, a vibrant color and soft tannins. Malolactic fermentation is discouraged in order to preserve bright acidity and fruit character.


VINEYARD
Our Valdiguié is grown on Chualar loam soil in the Arroyo Seco appellation of Monterey County. Originally thought to be the Gamay Noir grape of France’s Beaujolais winegrowing region, U.C. Davis has since identified this grape to be Valdiguié from an area in the southwest of France. Regardless of its origin and identity, Valdiguié grown in the windy, cold Arroyo Seco produces a wine reminiscent of the “Crus” of Beaujolais - Morgon, Fleurie and Moulin-a-Vent.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: Monterey County, CA
Composition: 100% Valdiguié
Harvest Date: October 27-30, 2010
Brix at Harvest: 20.5-21.7° Brix average
Vinification: Fermentation: Stainless steel fermented, 81% traditional red wine fermentation to 85°F
  Maceration: 19% carbonic maceration (whole cluster fermented)
  Maturation: Aged 1 month in stainless steel
Bottling Chemistries: pH: 3.38
  Total Acidity: 0.66 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 11.70% by volume
  Residual Sugar: 0.64%
  Cellaring: Delicious now, but can be cellared for up to 5 years.

WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS
This wine is vibrant and red-purple in color with bright aromas of boysenberry, Bing cherry, raspberry and pomegranate. The fruit complexion on the palate is equally bright, dominated by pomegranate and raspberry. Drink your last bottle just in time for the release of the new vintage! Serve chilled.

Steve Peck, red winemaker


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2009 J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon

Awards for our 2008 vintage:
"GOLD" - 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Limited rainfall set the tone for the 2009 growing season in Paso Robles, with totals reaching approximately half of the normal twelve inches. Cabernet Sauvignon does well in dry years, and 2009 was no exception. Cold April temperatures, which limited vine growth in the first month after budbreak, were followed by a warmer May with a one day spike reaching 104 degrees F just after bloom. The added heat units helped to establish the canopy needed to ripen the majority of our vineyard blocks. This was followed by an unlikely rain event on October 13th, which delivered 2.5 to 11 inches of rain to the area in a single day. The 2009 wines show significant tannin structure, and the regional expression of black currant, black cherry and chocolate are evident.


Cabernet Sauvignon
The predominant fruit for our J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon comes from estate vineyards located directly opposite our J. Lohr Paso Robles Wine Center. The Seven Oaks vineyard was originally planted on its own rootstock, utilizing some of the original plantings from indigenous Estrella clones. The soils in our Paso Robles vineyards vary from gravelly clay loam to limestone-based soils over a relatively small parcel of land, and various rootstock and clonal combinations have been used to maximize the expression of each individual site. The different soil types and planting combinations add to and complement the palate of the Seven Oaks Cabernet and the other red varietals we produce--including Petit Verdot and Merlot--to add balance and weight to the wine.


TECHNICAL DATA

 

Origin: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Composition Blend: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petite Sirah, 5% Petit Verdot, 2.5% Merlot, 2.5% Syrah, 1% Cabernet Franc
Harvest Dates: Sep. 18 - Oct. 9, 2009
Brix at harvest: 25.2° Brix average
Vinification:  
Fermentation: Fermented in stainless steel
tanks with peak temperatures reaching 92° F
Malolactic:
 

 
Stainless steel tanks and barrels
using Viniflora Oenos
Maturation: Aged 12 to 14 months in barrel
Barrel type: Primarily American oak barrels
with toasted heads
Bottling chemistries:
pH: 3.75
Total Acidity: 0.67 g/100ml
Alcohol: 13.78% by volume
Residual Sugar: 0.22%
Cellaring: Delicious upon release, but has the
structure to age for up to 7 years.

Winemaker's Comments
A particularly dense vintage, this wine is red-purple in color with a bright hue. Aromas of black currant, plum and black cherry are lifted by a bouquet of vanilla, toasted pastry and spice from a year of barrel aging. The palate is bursting with primary fruit and a broad, rich tannin structure.

Jeff Meier, winemaker

 

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2009 J. Lohr Estates South Ridge Syrah

Vintage
2009 was another low rainfall year in the Paso Robles AVA, and while most other vinifera varieties are able to adapt to hot and dry conditions by closing the stomates on the back of their leaves to conserve water, the stomates on the Syrah vines stay wide open to the end, drawing every last drop of moisture out of the soil. Because Syrah waits open in hope of late summer rain, it has gained a reputation in the industry as an “optimistic variety.” In the 2009 dry season, we capitalized on this phenomenon by allowing our vines to reach high levels of water stress, resulting in a concentrated and dense wine. Complete flavor development and seed maturity allowed for extended maceration in the fermenters. This wine shows density and a lovely expression of blueberry aromas, along with the complex varietal flavors of Syrah.


Vineyard
The J. Lohr Estates South Ridge Syrah is grown on a combination of predominantly sandy and gravelly soils, to reign in Syrah’s rangy growth potential. The name South Ridge is derived from the orientation of its namesake vineyard, which sits on a southfacing hillside, resulting in fruit with intense flavors. As the popularity of Syrah has grown, we have planted two additional estate vineyards, one within a mile of the original planting, and the second is eight miles south in a slightly cooler area of the Paso Robles AVA.


TECHNICAL DATA

 

Origin: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Varietal Blend: 89% Syrah, 8% Petite Sirah, 3% Zinfandel
Harvest Dates: September 9th-30th, 2009
Brix at Harvest: 25.9° Brix
Vinification:  
Fermentation: Stainless steel fermented
Malolactic: 100% malolactic in tank
and barrel
Maturation: Aged 14 months in oak barrels
Barrel type: French and American oak,
24% new
Bottling chemistries:
pH: 3.77
Total Acidity: 0.65 g/100 ml
Alcohol: 13.70%
Residual Sugar: 0.19%
Cellaring:  Delicious now, but has the structure
to age for up to 7 years.

Winemaker's Comments

This wine has a dark garnet color with a vibrant hue. Rich, ripe aromas of blueberry and black tea are framed by a bouquet of hazelnut, cocoa powder and brown sugar. Savor flavors of blackberry fruit and dark chocolate as this dense vintage evolves and opens up in the glass.
 

Steve Peck, red winemaker

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2008 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot

"GOLD" - 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Double Gold - Best of California - 2011 California State Fair

The 2008 growing season presented significant challenges for California winegrowers. Spring and autumn frosts--coupled with heat spikes, which impacted flowering and maturation--claimed much of the prized crop. Yields were at half of normal levels in the Paso Robles AVA, depending on variety, microclimate and cultural practices. This was the second consecutive vintage of drought, which limited vine growth and reduced cluster and berry size. Merlot was fully ripened and harvested before it could be impacted by an unseasonable October frost. This 2008 Los Osos Merlot is enhanced with a bit of Malbec fruit that adds delicate pomegranate aromas and a soft mid-palate to the blend.


Vineyards
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 well-drained but relatively poor soils have chalky or gravelly components.


TECHNICAL DATA

 

Apellation: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County
Composition: 81% Merlot, 9% Petite
Sirah, 7% Malbec, 2% Syrah
Harvest Dates:  September 9 through October 3, 2008
Brix at harvest: 27.0°-28.0° Brix avg
   
Vinification:  
Fermentation:  Whole berry fermentation in stainless steel tanks
Malolactic: 100% malolactic
Maturation: 12 months in barrel
Barrel type: American (Missouri and Minnesota) and Hungarian oak
Bottling chemistries:
pH: 3.67
Total Acidity: 0.67 g/100ml
Alcohol: 13.74% by volume
Residual Sugar: 0.26%
Cellaring: . Delicious now, but has the structure to age up to 7 years

Winemaker's Comments
The 2008 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot has a mature red color with a bright raspberry hue. Black cherry and pomegranate aromas are complimented by an oak signature reminiscent of cedar and dark chocolate. This soft wine has finely textured tannins and is bright and lively on the palate with a finish of Rainier cherry fruit.

 

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2009 J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay

2009 continued with a fourth consecutive year of drought in the Central Coast, with our Arroyo Seco vineyards receiving a scant five inches of effective rainfall.  Unlike 2008, however, the weather was relatively warm in the first months of the new year, spurring early bud break.  This was followed by some very hot days in May around flowering, but fortunately, the heat did not seem to adversely effect set, and crop levels in 2009 returned to more typical for the Arroyo Seco.  The summer months of June, July and August were very cool, allowing a slow, marked maturation of the Chardonnay while retaining greater amounts of the natural grape acids. September was very warm and pushed the Chardonnay vintage along, with harvest commencing on September 20th with the pick of our French clones 95 and 76 in Block 4.  For the next twenty two days, harvest progressed beautifully until the 13th of October, when Mother Nature surprised us with an unseasonable rain, which brought picking to a halt for several days until the vineyards dried out.  A frenzy of harvest ensued with the final fruit being harvested in six days, ending on October 23rd and averaging 24.9° Brix.  


Vineyards
The vines for our J. Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay are grown
primarily on Elder loam soils underlain by “riverstones” deposited over thousands of years from the Arroyo Seco River, allowing a four-foot 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.


TECHNICAL DATA

 

Appellation Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County
Composition (Blend) 99% Chardonnay, 1% Other White
Harvest dates September 20th through October 24th.
Brix at harvest 24.9°
Vinification  
   Malolactic In barrel of 50% of Chardonnay
   Maturation Aged 8 to 10 months in barrels from new to fourth fill
   Barrel type American, Hungarian and French
Bottling chemistries  
   pH 3.45
   Total acidity 0.72
   Alcohol 13.9
   Residual Sugar 0.53%
   
Cellaring Drink now or cellar up to 5 years

 


Winemaker's Comments

2009 J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonay has a bright and youthful straw yellow color.  The aromas are of lime zest, ripe pear, nectarine and pineapple with caramel, butterscotch, honey and vanilla perfume from the barrel fermentation and sur lie aging.  The flavors are very complex and rich with citrus, stone fruit and barrel toastiness gracefully balanced by fresh acidity, creating a very flavorful and wonderfully balanced Chardonnay.

Jeff Meier, winemaker

 

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