J. Lohr Vineyard Series

2012 J. Lohr Fog’s Reach Pinot Noir

VINTAGE
2012 continued the trend of very cool consecutive years, which began two years earlier. As such, 2012 began with even colder winter--and earlier spring temperatures- -than 2011. Fortunately, unlike 2010 and 2011, the Arroyo Seco appellation was blessed with favorable weather from bloom to fruit-set, and dry weather from April through October, ensuring a healthy crop and decreased mildew pressure. The vintage appeared to be trending late until a short but substantial heat wave from September 30th through October 2nd pushed our 2012 Pinot Noir crop to extreme ripeness. Hand-harvesting crews, working under chilly night time temperatures, delivered the cold fruit to the winery in excellent condition for sorting and fermentation. Dijon clone 667 represents about 60% of the Fog’s Reach blend in 2012, giving it great fruit on the palate.


VINEYARDS
Our Pinot Noir vineyard resides in the cool and windy enclave of the Arroyo Seco appellation of Monterey County. Comprised of multiple Dijon selections of Pinot Noir clones (115, 667, 777), as well as Pommard 4, the vines are grown on extremely well-drained, loamy sand and gravelly loam soils intermixed and underlain by large potato-sized cobblestones. The unique combination of soil, climate and viticulture produces deeply-colored Pinot Noir with elegantly refined structure and flavor.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation: Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Harvest Dates: October 5th to 18th, 2012
Process: Night harvested by hand under lights into half-ton bins. Destemmed and sorted on Vaucher Beguet sorting table before transferring to six and twelve ton open-top stainless steel fermenters.
Harvest Numbers: 27.2° Brix, total acidity 0.83 g/100ml, pH 3.51
Vinification:

Yeast: RC212 and Assmanshausen
Fermentation: Stainless steel fermented in open-top tanks with maual punchdown of cap
Temperature: 90°F peak fermentation temperature
Maceration: 8 days on average
Malolactic: Inoculation in stainless steel and completion in French oak barrels
Maturation: Aged 8 month in French oak barrels; 50% new
Barrel Type: French/Burgundy barrels, medium to heavy toast
Forests: Predominantly Bertrange and Allier
Coopers: François Frères and Dargaud et Jaegle

Post-Maturation: Bulldog racked from barrels, blended lots, bottled July 2013
Bottling Numbers: pH: 3.75
Total Acidity: 0.59 g/100ml
Alcohol: 14.57% by volume
Res. Sugar: 0.001 g/100 ml (dry)
Cases Produced: 3,340 (6,680 six-packs)
Cellaring: 5 to 7 year aging potential with the greatest evolution of complex aromas within the first year in bottle

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
Youthful and deep red in color, the 2012 Fog’s Reach Pinot Noir displays strawberry, fennel and white tea aromas with a subtle bouquet of toasted puffed pastry. The high fraction of Dijon clone 667 in the blend delivers an abundance of complex red fruit to the palate, with sandalwood on the finish.
-Steve Peck, red winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Try with pan-seared sesame tuna, grilled portabella mushrooms or your favorite charcuterie.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Aromas of strawberry and white tea finish with sandalwood and red fruits on the palate.

Price: $35.00 750ml

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2012 J. Lohr Highlands Bench Chardonnay

VINTAGE
The 2012 Santa Lucia Highlands vintage continued the trend of cool years, which began in 2010. 2012 began with colder than average winter and early spring temperatures, but saw cool to moderate temperatures and dry weather from June through the end of September. With no rain events and favorable weather during the ripening period, we were able to let the grapes reach optimal maturity. A short heat wave on October 1st and 2nd pushed the grapes over the finish line to close out an outstanding vintage at the Escolle Road Vineyard.


VINEYARDS
2012 J. Lohr Highlands Bench Chardonnay comes from the Escolle Road Vineyard, just west of the town of Gonzales in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA of Monterey. We were invited to partner with a group of friends - Gary Caraccioli, the Nunes and Hiyashi families - in 2006, to establish a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyard on Rianda family property. We participated in soil evaluation, vineyard layout and clone and rootstock selection, ultimately choosing the sandiest soils for Chardonnay planting. The clones selected were a Wente clone from Larry Hyde’s vineyard in Carneros, and a Robert Young selection from Sonoma County - both shy bearing, but very flavorful. The close proximity to Monterey Bay, the eastern slope and aspect, and the elevation above the Salinas Valley floor provide a cool, sunny, ideal environment for growing intensely-flavored Burgundian varietals.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA, Monterey County, CA
Composition 100% Chardonnay
Harvest Dates: October 5 through 11, 2012
Harvest Process: Hand-harvested at night, vineyard-pressed to 0.8 bars and settled
Harvest Chemistries: 26.0° Brix, total acidity 0.97 g/100ml, pH 3.26
Vinification: Yeast: Native fermentation with Frootzen added
Fermentation: In barrel for an average of 16 days
Malolactic: Inoculated each barrel with Christian Hansen Vinaflora Oenos October 2012. Completed malolactic fermentation end of November/beginning of December 2012.
Stirring: Weekly stirring of each barrel, starting November 2012 until June 2013 (during malolactic fermentation and seven months post)
Post-Stirring: Monthly topping up of barrels with free sulfur dioxide and oxygen monitoring
Maturation: Aged in barrel sur lie for 18 months in 50.8% new oak
Barrel Type: French oak, very tight grain
Forest: Mixed
Coopers: Mostly Francois Frères and Marcel Cadet
Bottling Chemistries: pH: 3.64
Total Acidity: 0.65 g/100ml
Alcohol: 14.09% by volume
Residual Sugar: 0.42 g/100ml
  Cases Produced: 732 (1,464 six-packs)
  Cellaring: Delicious now, but will gain complexity in the bottle through 2018.

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
Bright yellow hues with aromas of mango, papaya, strawberry and violets. Rich flavors of tropical fruit, vanilla, citrus, toasted oak and minerality frame this weighty Chardonnay.
Karl Antink, white winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Pair with lemon-oregano chicken, roasted hen with spring vegetables, apple walnut salad or seared scallops.

Price: $25.00 750ml

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2012 J. Lohr Tower Road Petite Sirah

VINTAGE
Every vintage has its own personality; a unique history of climatic experience that shapes the flavor of the wine we taste in our glass. The 2012 season was preceded by two of the coldest vintages in a decade and was welcomed with open arms for its warmth. Preseason rainfall was a bit on the shy side at 60% of normal, with a nice wet storm arriving at budbreak on the first week of April that brought welcome moisture for growth and suppressed chances of spring frost. Our typically warm springtime conditions brought rapid shoot growth and irrigation was stopped in our vineyards in mid-June to promote seed ripening, limit berry size and soften the tannins in our Petite Sirah. A period of triple digit hot temperatures added definition to the vintage in mid- August toward the end of veraison. This intensified the tannin structure and wine density for the vintage as a whole. Ideal warm and dry September weather pushed the grapes to full ripeness the first week of October, when we harvested our two best blocks a couple of days prior to a light rain in order to maintain a maximum concentration of fruit flavors in this excellent vintage of Tower Road Petite Sirah.


VINEYARDS
In the vineyards surrounding Tower Road, in the Estrella and San Miguel districts of Paso Robles, our Petite Sirah thrives on the well-drained yet heavier clay soils of the area. The rarity of autumn rains in Paso Robles allows this tight-clustered variety to reach full maturity almost every year, without the risk of bunch-rot that exists in damper regions around the state. Our ripening program requires that we apply bird netting to the vines in August to assure that birds don’t overfeed on this especially flavorful grape before harvest. Despite intense summer sun and very warm daytime temperatures in Paso Robles, the gentle afternoon breezes that creep in from the Monterey Bay to the north and from the Templeton Gap to the west cool the area by as much as fifty degrees by early morning, preserving the acidity and bright fruit character of our Petite Sirah.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, California
Composition: 100% Petite Sirah
Harvest Dates: October 5th, 6th & 8th, 2012
Process: Hand harvested into half-ton bins
Harvest Numbers: Brix 26.5°, total acidity 0.49 g/100ml, pH 3.73
Vinification:

Destemmed and fermented in 10 ton open top tanks. Cap management with light punchdowns
Yeast: Maurivin Platinum
Fermentation: Whole berries
Temperature: Moderate temperatures to reduce seed tannin extraction
Maceration: 2-day cold soak with a short, 3-day fermentation and early pressing
Malolactic: 100% malolactic in barrels through December and January
Maturation: 16 months barrel age
Barrel Type: 225 liter French oak Burgundy export barrels, 60% new
Forests: Rive Droit and a blend of Five Forests
Coopers: Vallaurine and Marcel Cadet

Post-Maturation: Released 2 months after bottling
Bottling Numbers: pH: 3.69
Total Acidity: 0.60g/100ml
Alcohol: 15.22% by volume
Res. Sugar: 0.26 g/100 ml 
Cases Produced: 8,052 six-bottle cases
Cellaring: This dense and delicious wine will open up early with a splash-decant, and should develop in the bottle for up to 10 years.

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
Youthful and dark in the glass, the 2012 Tower Road Petite Sirah shows inviting aromas of homemade ollalieberry pie and a delicate “pastry-like” French oak barrel signature. The rich fruit flavors finish with an enormously dense berry character.
Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Pairs well with aromatic herbs and pan-seared meat dishes such as rosemary lamb chops with roasted fennel.

Price: $35.00 750ml

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J. Lohr 40th Anniversary Pinot Blanc

VINTAGE
2013 in the Arroyo Seco was just about the perfect vintage. With warm dry weather from April to October, 2013 was the second warmest vintage in the last 12 years, which was a welcome break from three straight cool years. Although temperatures were warm in 2013, there were no days over 100 degrees, and no rainfall during ripening, which allowed for as much hang time as needed to achieve big ripe flavors.


VINEYARDS
Pinot Blanc was one of the 11 original varieties planted by Jerry Lohr in our estate vineyards in the Arroyo Seco AVA of Monterey County. Although we later found our Pinot Blanc was in fact Melon de Bourgogne, we always had a fondness for the varietal, as it made great wines from the very first vintages, and the 1975 was one of the first white wines produced by J. Lohr. Those early vines were in decline by the late 1990s and were removed after the harvest of 1999. However, our desire to revisit this variety never faded, and in 2009 we planted a small 6.45 acre vineyard of true Pinot Blanc, Clone 7 on SO4 rootstock, with our neighbor and joint venture partner, Michael Griva, near his 19th century family barn.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation: Arroyo Seco, Monterey, CA
Composition (Blend): 100% Pinot Blanc
Harvest Dates: September 29, 2013
Harvest Chemistries: 25.5° Brix average, 3.49 pH, 0.96 g/100ml total acidity
Vinification: Yeast: CY3079
  Fermentation: In barrel for an averate of 17 days
  Maturation: In neutral French oak and and new acacia barrels for 6 months with weekly stirring of each barrel starting November 2013 until March 2014.
Bottling Chemistries: PH: 3.53
  Total acidity: 0.67 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 14.2% by volume
  Residual sugar: 0.30 g/100ml
Cellaring: Delicious now through 2018
Cases Produced: 1,954 six-bottle cases

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
To celebrate J. Lohr’s 40th anniversary, we offer a special bottling of 2013 Pinot Blanc. This wine, made in homage to our inaugural 1975 Pinot Blanc, shows vibrant yellow hues with aromas of peach, melon, honey and lemon blossom. Crisp acidity balances a creamy rich palate, with lingering flavors of apricot, citrus and melon.
-Karl Antink, white winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Pair with grilled soft shelled crabs and apple-fennel salad, quiches, grilled swordfish with basil-caper butter and soft cheeses.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Ripe fruit aromas of peach, melon and citrus flowers, with barrel-fermented sur-lie richness. Very fruity, complex
and rich.

Price: $40.00 750ml

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J. Lohr 40th Anniversary Red Wine

VINTAGE
Every vintage has its own personality; a unique history of climatic experience that shapes the flavor of the wine we taste in our glass. 2012 was preceded by two of the coldest vintages in a decade and was welcomed with open arms by vintners and growers in the Paso Robles region. Preseason rainfall was a bit on the shy side at 60% of normal, with a nice, wet storm arriving at budbreak on the first week of April that brought welcome moisture for growth and suppressed chances of spring frost. Our typically warm springtime conditions brought rapid shoot growth, and irrigation was stopped in our vineyards in mid-June to promote seed ripening and to prevent development of unwelcome herbaceous characteristics in Bordeaux varieties. A period of triple-digit hot temperatures added definition to the vintage in mid-August toward the end of veraison. This seems to have imparted a general uptrend of tannin structure for the vintage as a whole. Ideal warm and dry September weather pushed vines to full ripeness with harvesting for Cabernet and Petite Sirah in early October.


VINEYARDS
J. Lohr’s 40th Anniversary Red Wine is a mélange of four varietals from different vineyards in the Paso Robles appellation that come together as a dense, bold blend that recalls J. Lohr’s very first wine produced—a 1974 Petite Sirah. Coming from vineyards surrounding the Paso Robles Wine Center, as well as our vineyards to the north near San Miguel and our vineyards to the south near Creston, we have combined our most popular varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon, with the density of Petite Sirah that thrives so well in the warm, dry climate of Paso Robles. For fruit and dimension, we have added Merlot and Malbec, which provide the finishing touches to this celebratory blend. Enjoy!


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation: Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Composition (Blend): 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Petite Sirah, 5% Merlot, 3% Malbec
Harvest Dates: September 24th - November 1st, 2012
Harvest Chemistries: 25.6° Brix average, 3.69 pH, 0.45 g/100ml total acidity
Vinification: Yeast: Maurivin Platinum
  Fermentation: Whole berry fermentation
in open-top and automated pump-over tanks
  Temperature: Peak temperature of 80°F
  Maceration: 6 day fermentation
  Malolactic: 100% with Viniflora Oenos in barrel
  Maturation: 14 months in barrels
  Barrel type: 40% new French oak barrels
  Forests: Center of France
  Coopers: Vallaurine
Post Maturation: Racked from barrels and lightly fined with isinglass and gelatin
Bottling Chemistries: PH: 3.73
  Total acidity: 0.60 g/100ml
  Alcohol: 14.66% by volume
  Residual sugar: 0.26 g/100ml
Cellaring: This dense wine opens up nicely with a splash-decant, and should develop in the bottle for up to 10 years.
Cases Produced: 4,108 six-bottle cases

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
This deep colored blend lays nearly opaque in the glass with just a youthful ring of magenta to brighten its edges. The French oak bouquet of roasted hazelnut blends with savory blackberry reflecting the confluence of the Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon varietal character. This rich and voluminous wine leaves black fruit and a touch of fine talc on the palate.
-Steve Peck, red winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Pairs well with aromatic herbs and pan-seared meat dishes. Try with rosemary lamb chops and roasted fennel.

Price: $40.00 750ml

2011 J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

HONORING A LEGACY
Four 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 
In 2009, 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 2,500 mammograms funded to date, we have long surpassed our initial goal and need you to help us surpass the 3,000 mark by enjoying our wines, knowing that every bottle you and your loved ones purchase helps make a difference for those touched by cancer.  As we partner again with NBCF for the fourth 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.

WE'RE ENCOURAGING WOMEN TO TAKE CHARGE
Women often go above and beyond in caring for the health and safety of loved ones, but in the process, don’t take care of their own needs. With 2013 marking the campaign’s 5th year, J. Lohr is inspiring women to take the reins on their health by getting active, by finding ways to lower stress and by doing the things they love. An important part in the fight against breast cancer is the empowerment of women to be their own advocates for health and wellness, improving chances of early detection and ultimately, survival.

For more on NBCF’s Early Detection Plan, please visit www.nationalbreastcancer.org/about-breastcancer/Early-Detection-Plan.aspx
 


VINTAGE

Following a wet winter and delayed budbreak, the 2011 vintage was beset with rain in early June, bringing seasonal rainfall to more than 30% above normal and rendering a sparse fruit set at Carol’s Vineyard. Temperatures remained cool throughout the summer season, bringing a later-than-normal ripening tempo. Rain came again on the 4th day of October just following our first pick of Petit Verdot, and ripening stalled for nearly a week before a most welcome 2-week period of Indian summer brought Cabernet to harvest maturity. Some vintages are said to be made in the vineyard and some in the winery. 2011 certainly tested the craft of the winemaker and the patience of the grower. We are certainly pleased with the rich body, texture and fruit expression in this beautiful wine from a difficult vintage.


VINEYARD
Carol’s Vineyard lies in northern St. Helena, comprised of 16.4 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon (Clone 337 on 3309 rootstock) and 4.3 acres of Petit Verdot (Clone 400 on 3309 rootstock). The well-drained, gravelly, sandy loam soil and Bordeaux-like climate of the Napa Valley is ideally suited to produce luxury-quality Cabernet fruit.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation: St. Helena, Napa Valley
Composition: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Verdot
Harvest Dates: October 3rd and 22nd, 2011
Process: Hand-picked into half-ton bins and berry-sorted on Vaucher Beguet Mistral system
Harvest Chemistries: 25.9° Brix, total acidity 0.66g/100ml, pH 3.54
Vinification: Yeast: Maurivin 796
Fermentation: 6 ton open-top tanks using delestage and punchdowns
Temperature: Peak to 95°F cap temperature
Maceration: Early inoculation followed by 9 days fermentation on skins
Malolactic: 100% malolactic in barrels
Maturation: 18 months in French oak
barrels - 60% new
Barrel Type: 60 gallon Bordeaux export
Forests: Center of France, Allier
Coopers: Saury, Demptos
Post-Maturation: Aged 9 months prior to release
Bottling Numbers: pH: 3.58
Total Acidity: 0.65g/l00ml
Alcohol: 14.24% by volume
Residual Sugar: 0.13 g/100ml
Cases Produced: 3,003 six-pack cases
Cellaring: Approachable tannins at release, with an 8-year-plus aging aptitude

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2011 Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon offers concentrated black fruit, violet and hazelnut aromas followed by a rich and balanced palate structure. A touch of coconut and lengthy blue fruit finish.
Steve Peck, red winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Excellent with grilled rib-eye steak with rosemary and shallots, or a roasted pork loin with porcini mushrooms and fennel.

Price: $40.00 750ml

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2013 J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

HONORING A LEGACY
Five 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
In 2009, 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 2,500 mammograms funded to date, we have long surpassed our initial goal and need you to help us surpass the 3,000 mark by enjoying our wines, knowing that every bottle you and your loved ones purchase helps make a difference for those touched by cancer.  As we partner again with NBCF for the fourth 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.

WE'RE ENCOURAGING WOMEN TO TAKE CHARGE
Women often go above and beyond in caring for the health and safety of loved ones, but in the process, don’t take care of their own needs. With 2013 marking the campaign’s 5th year, J. Lohr is inspiring women to take the reins on their health by getting active, by finding ways to lower stress and by doing the things they love. An important part in the fight against breast cancer is the empowerment of women to be their own advocates for health and wellness, improving chances of early detection and ultimately, survival.

For more on NBCF’s Early Detection Plan, please visit www.nationalbreastcancer.org/about-breastcancer/Early-Detection-Plan.aspx
 


VINTAGE
The 2013 harvest in St. Helena will go down as one of the most stress- free in recent memory. Warm and dry spring conditions led to an early bud break. The weather remained ideal through flowering and berry set, resulting in an even crop and good yields. With the exception of one heat spike in late June, the weather remained warm and sunny throughout the growing season. These favorable conditions gave us the opportunity to wait and pick the vineyard exactly when we wanted. The result is an exceptionally ripe Sauvignon Blanc with big tropical fruit and citrus flavors and depth of palate.


VINEYARDS
Carol’s Vineyard is a thirty-four acre parcel located in north St. Helena in the Napa Valley, bounded 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 been 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, with a single leaf layer in the south-exposed fruit zone for only dappled sun exposure to the grape clusters. This preserves some of the natural herbaceous fruit character in this delicious Sauvignon Blanc.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin: St. Helena AVA, Napa Valley, CA
Composition: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Harvest Dates: August 18, 2013 and August 21, 2013
Process: Hand-harvested in the early morning and whole-cluster pressed in the Napa Valley
Harvest Chemistries: First pick: 23.2° Brix average, pH 3.07, total acidity 0.94 g/100ml
Second pick: 24.2° Brix average, pH 3.07, total acidity 0.81 g/100ml
Vinification: Yeast: The first pick was fermented with a blend of yeast strains VL3 and FrootZen, specifically selected to maximize the varietal character of Sauvignon Blanc. The second pick was fermented with VIN13 and FrootZen. Each of these yeasts highlight the different flavor characteristics of Sauvignon Blanc, and the blend helps to create a complex wine.
Fermentation: 70% in stainless steel barrels, 30% in French Acacia barrels
Maturation: Aged 4 months in barrels on
fermentation lees, with stirring
Bottling Numbers: pH : 3.28
Total Acidity: 0.78 g/100ml
Alcohol: 14.20% by volume
Residual Sugar: 0.39 g/100ml
Cases Produced: 5,205 six-pack cases
Cellaring: Delicious now, but can be cellared for 2 to 4 years

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
Very pale straw yellow in color with youthful green hues. The aromas are reminiscent of ruby grapefruit, passion fruit, and gooseberries, with crisp acidity and creaminess of texture.
-Jeff Meier, winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Lemon garlic shrimp skewers, gazpacho, ravioli with pesto or grilled artichoke salad with lemon and mint.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Citrus, passion fruit and gooseberries with balanced acidity and creamy texture.

Price: $24.00 750ml

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2012 J. Lohr October Night Chardonnay

VINTAGE
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.


VINEYARDS
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.


TECHNICAL DATA

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

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
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

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

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

Price: $25.00 750ml

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2012 J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Chardonnay

VINTAGE
2012 continued the trend of cool years since 2010, and began with even colder winter and earlier 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 in our Dijon clone 76 Chardonnay, and a short heat wave from September 30th through October 2nd gave the vines their final push to the finish line.


VINEYARDS
Our J. Lohr 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 it 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 richly flavored Chardonnay.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation:  Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Harvest Dates: October 9th through October 22nd, 2012
Harvest Process: Hand-harvested at night, with whole cluster press (to 0.8 bars) and settled
Harvest Chemistries:
 

Brix: 25.7°
pH: 3.47
total acidity: 0.69 g/100 ml

Vinification:  
Yeast: CY3079 and VL1
Fermentation: In barrel for an average of 17 days
Malolactic: Inoculated each barrel in October 2012 with the Christian Hansen Vinaflora Oenos strain of malolactic bacteria. Completed malolactic fermentation in November and December of 2012.
Stirring: Weekly stirring of each barrel, starting November 2012 until June 2013 (during malolactic fermentation and seven months post)
Post-stirring: Monthly topping up of barrels, and free sulfur dioxide and oxygen monitoring
Maturation: Aged in barrel sur lie for 14 months in 50% new oak barrels.
Barrel Type: French oak
Forests: Emphasis is on tight-grain structure from the center of France
Coopers: Francois Frères, Tonnellerie O., Marcel Cadet, Dargaud et Jaegle
Bottling Chemistries:
pH : 3.56
Total Acidity: 0.66 g/100 ml
Alcohol: 14.32% by volume
Residual Sugar: 0.28 g/100 ml
Cases Produced: 17,649 six-pack cases
Cellaring:  Delicious now, but can be cellared for up to 5 years

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
With bright, straw-yellow color and vibrant hues, the 2012 J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Chardonnay has aromas of Cornish apple, stone fruit and lemon, with cinnamon and allspice undertones. The Burgundian winemaking techniques, including alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in barrel with lees stirring and extended aging, contribute a complex bouquet of toasted brioche, crème brulée, and roasted hazelnuts. This plush and racy Chardonnay with complex aromas and flavors is balanced by palate-cleansing acidity.
Karl Antink, Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Pork loin with apple cider and calvados (apple brandy), grilled seafood, triple cream cheeses and aged cheddar.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Cornish apple, stone fruit and citrus aromas with spice notes. Plush and silky, Burgundian in style.

Price: $25.00 750ml

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2011 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon

VINTAGE
A cool climate prevailed in 2011, much like the 2010 season, which had been the coolest in a decade. Low yielding secondary shoots grew to replace frost damaged primary shoots after a defining hard frost hit the Paso Robles area on April 8th, 2011. Winter rainfall had provided sufficient soil moisture for rapid springtime growth of the vines after the setback of the early frost. We saw fewer clusters with larger berries, which pushed the wines toward a softer tannin profile. Vineyard yields were down considerably, averaging just 2.5 tons per acre in most blocks. Our standard practice was to stop irrigation of the Cabernet vines just after fruitset in early June and wait eight weeks or more until the soil ran out of moisture in early August. This prompted seeds to harden and brown early, and perhaps more importantly, shifted flavor in the berries from herbal to fruity in this distinctly cool 2011 vintage. This edition of J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon delivers on its promise to be dense and soft with a great fruit signature.


VINEYARDS
Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon is grown on a handful of select vineyard sites in the Paso Robles AVA. Blessed with long summer days of intense sunshine, our near 100°F daytime temperatures are followed with chilly, ocean-cooled nights in the 50s. These Cabernet vines are naturally stressed in the dry, often very gravelly, and sometimes lime shale-laden soils. Water is at a premium in these vineyards, enabling the viticulturist to fine-tune irrigation, producing the darkest fruit with resolved tannins year after year.


TECHNICAL DATA

Appellation: Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Composition 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec, 1% Syrah
Harvest Dates: October 27 to November 5, 2011
Process: Select-picked and sorted
Harvest Chemistries: Brix 24.8°, total acidity 0.54 g/100ml, pH 3.60
Vinification: Yeast: Lalvin ICV-D254 yeast was isolated by Dominique Delteil of the ICV from a Rhône Valley Syrah fermentation and is known for developing ripe fruit flavors and a big mid-palate mouthfeel with intense fruit concentration
Fermentation:  Primary fermentation in open-top and conventional stainless steel tanks
Temperature: Peak fermentation at 92°F
Maceration: 7 days on skins
Malolactic: Malolatic complete with Viniflora Oenos
Maturation: 18 months in 225 liter French oak barrels, 60% new
Barrel Type: French oak, thick stave, very tight grain
Coopers: Demptos, Sylvain, Remond, DJ
Post-Maturation: Release date January 2014
Bottling Numbers: pH: 3.55
Total Acidity: 0.68 g/100ml
Alcohol: 14.20 % by vol
Residual Sugar: 0.001 g/100ml (dry)
Cases Produced: 17,500 cases (35,000 six packs)
Cellaring: Rich intense fruit upon release, with structure to age comfortably for 5 to 7 years

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2011 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon is darkly-colored with a red-purple hue. Varietal aromas of violet and ripe black plum are complemented by hazelnut, dark chocolate and espresso coffee. The dense but approachable mid-palate is followed by a round, intense fruit finish.
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

FOOD PAIRINGS
Delicious with rosemary-seasoned ribeye, roasted potatoes and asparagus.

WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Aromas of violet, ripe black plum and hazelnut. Round, intense fruit finish.

Price: $35.00 750ml

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