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