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J. Lohr Chardonnay October Night Vineyard Arroyo Seco 2016

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Vintage: The 2016 vintage was a return to normal rainfall during the winter and cool weather during the ripening season. This weather provided enough warmth needed for ripening but also preserved the fresh acidity of this Arroyo Seco fruit. In 2016, we continued working with our French viticultural consultant, Xavier Choné, on Chardonnay irrigation in the Arroyo Seco. Moving to more “rainfalllike” - 24 to 36 hour - infrequent irrigation events in the spring with a six to eight week “dry-down” between berry set and veraison before resumption of these longer irrigation events has helped increase aroma intensity and concentration of flavors. Each year, we fine-tune the irrigation decisions during the growing season to optimize the fruit potential. Our 2016 harvest of Clone 809 Chardonnay, the backbone of the October Night Chardonnay, occurred on October 8th at 24.6° Brix. 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 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 and attractive, powerful floral character. The soil is laden throughout its loamy profile with “Greenfield potatoes,” stones that resemble potatoes in size and appearance and which absorb heat during the day and radiate their heat after sunset, enhancing floral character and richness. Winemaker’s Comments: The 2016 J. Lohr October Night Chardonnay is a pale straw yellow in color, with exotic floral aromas of gardenia, orange blossom, honeysuckle, and baking spices. Traditional Burgundian winemaking techniques, such as weekly stirring of the lees in French oak barrels, were used to complement these aromatics, providing creamy palate texture. This unique Chardonnay blend provides balanced and complex flavors of ripe citrus and white peaches, and offers a hint of sweet chocolate and toasted oak on the long finish. — Kristen Barnhisel, winemaker, white wine Food Pairings: This wine is the perfect pairing to eggs benedict, crab cakes with creamy orange reduction sauce, cedar plank salmon, or almond-crusted halibut. PH: 3.53 TOTAL ACIDITY: 0.66 g/100ml ALCOHOL: 14.2% by volume RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.36 g/100ml

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J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines:
Founded in 1972, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines crafts an array of acclaimed wines from estate vineyards in Monterey County, Paso Robles and Napa Valley. From this world-class palette of fruit, J. Lohr produces three tiers of award-winning wines – J. Lohr Estates, J. Lohr Vineyard Series and J. Lohr Cuvée Series. Selecting Monterey County’s Arroyo Seco appellation for his o... Read more
Founded in 1972, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines crafts an array of acclaimed wines from estate vineyards in Monterey County, Paso Robles and Napa Valley. From this world-class palette of fruit, J. Lohr produces three tiers of award-winning wines – J. Lohr Estates, J. Lohr Vineyard Series and J. Lohr Cuvée Series. Selecting Monterey County’s Arroyo Seco appellation for his original vineyard, Jerry planted his first 280 acres of grapes beginning in 1972. Ideally suited for cool-climate winegrowing, these vineyards have become an acclaimed source for outstanding Chardonnay, Riesling, Valdiguié and Pinot Noir. At the heart of J. Lohr’s renowned red wine program are its 2,000 acres of estate vineyards in Paso Robles. Featuring warm, sunny days, cool nights and diverse soils, these vineyards have proven ideal for cultivating a flavorful array of grapes including voluptuous and complex Bordeaux varietals of Cabernet, Merlot and Cabernet Franc along with Syrah and Zinfandel. Read less

External Reviews for J. Lohr Chardonnay October Night Vineyard Arroyo Seco

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
05/01/2019

Vintage: The 2016 vintage was a return to normal rainfall during the winter and cool weather during the ripening season. This weather provided enough warmth needed for ripening but also preserved the fresh acidity of this Arroyo Seco fruit. In 2016, we continued working with our French viticultural consultant, Xavier Choné, on Chardonnay irrigation in the Arroyo Seco. Moving to more “rainfalllike” - 24 to 36 hour - infrequent irrigation events in the spring with a six to eight week “dry-down” between berry set and veraison before resumption of these longer irrigation events has helped increase aroma intensity and concentration of flavors. Each year, we fine-tune the irrigation decisions during the growing season to optimize the fruit potential. Our 2016 harvest of Clone 809 Chardonnay, the backbone of the October Night Chardonnay, occurred on October 8th at 24.6° Brix. 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 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 and attractive, powerful floral character. The soil is laden throughout its loamy profile with “Greenfield potatoes,” stones that resemble potatoes in size and appearance and which absorb heat during the day and radiate their heat after sunset, enhancing floral character and richness. Winemaker’s Comments: The 2016 J. Lohr October Night Chardonnay is a pale straw yellow in color, with exotic floral aromas of gardenia, orange blossom, honeysuckle, and baking spices. Traditional Burgundian winemaking techniques, such as weekly stirring of the lees in French oak barrels, were used to complement these aromatics, providing creamy palate texture. This unique Chardonnay blend provides balanced and complex flavors of ripe citrus and white peaches, and offers a hint of sweet chocolate and toasted oak on the long finish. — Kristen Barnhisel, winemaker, white wine Food Pairings: This wine is the perfect pairing to eggs benedict, crab cakes with creamy orange reduction sauce, cedar plank salmon, or almond-crusted halibut. PH: 3.53 TOTAL ACIDITY: 0.66 g/100ml ALCOHOL: 14.2% by volume RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.36 g/100ml


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 04/23/2019

Winemaker’s Comments: The 2015 October Night Chardonnay is pale straw yellow in color with floral aromas of gardenia, orange blossom, wet stone and ripe apple. Traditional Burgundian winemaking techniques, such as weekly stirring of the lees in French oak barrels, were used to complement these exotic aromatics, providing rich, elegant texture. This Chardonnay finishes long on the palate with ripe tangerine, baking spices and a hint of toasted oak. — Kristen Barnhisel, winemaker, white wine Food Pairings: This wine is the perfect pairing to roasted chicken with sweet herbs, cedar plank salmon or almond crusted halibut. Composition (blend): 100% Chardonnay - 56% Clone 809; 20% Clone 76; 11% Robert Young clone; 7% Wente Clone 4; 6% Clone 548 Maturation: Aged in barrel sur lie for 10 months in 50% new oak ** Only 1 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 02/22/2019

Winemaker’s Comments: The 2015 October Night Chardonnay is pale straw yellow in color with floral aromas of gardenia, orange blossom, wet stone and ripe apple. Traditional Burgundian winemaking techniques, such as weekly stirring of the lees in French oak barrels, were used to complement these exotic aromatics, providing rich, elegant texture. This Chardonnay finishes long on the palate with ripe tangerine, baking spices and a hint of toasted oak. — Kristen Barnhisel, winemaker, white wine Food Pairings: This wine is the perfect pairing to roasted chicken with sweet herbs, cedar plank salmon or almond crusted halibut. Composition (blend): 100% Chardonnay - 56% Clone 809; 20% Clone 76; 11% Robert Young clone; 7% Wente Clone 4; 6% Clone 548 Maturation: Aged in barrel sur lie for 10 months in 50% new oak ** Only 2 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 07/30/2018

Winemaker’s Comments: The 2015 October Night Chardonnay is pale straw yellow in color with floral aromas of gardenia, orange blossom, wet stone and ripe apple. Traditional Burgundian winemaking techniques, such as weekly stirring of the lees in French oak barrels, were used to complement these exotic aromatics, providing rich, elegant texture. This Chardonnay finishes long on the palate with ripe tangerine, baking spices and a hint of toasted oak. — Kristen Barnhisel, winemaker, white wine Food Pairings: This wine is the perfect pairing to roasted chicken with sweet herbs, cedar plank salmon or almond crusted halibut. Composition (blend): 100% Chardonnay - 56% Clone 809; 20% Clone 76; 11% Robert Young clone; 7% Wente Clone 4; 6% Clone 548 Maturation: Aged in barrel sur lie for 10 months in 50% new oak


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 02/09/2017

Winemaker’s Comments: The 2014 October Night Chardonnay is a fresh, youthful pale straw yellow color, with floral aromas of hyacinth and paperwhites, beeswax, tangerine, pineapple, lime zest and vanilla. The winemaking techniques, used to enhance the spicy and exotic nature of this Chardonnay, included barrel fermentation in largely one-yearold French oak barrels, followed by malolactic fermentation with lees stirring. The result is a very attractive and complex bouquet with big flavors and weight with a soft, rich and seamless texture. — Kristen Barnhisel, winemaker, white wine Food Pairings: This wine is the perfect pairing to hazelnut-encrusted chicken, grilled lobster or halibut with orange beurre blanc. Maturation: Aged in barrel sur lie for 10 months in 50% new oak


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 04/13/2016

Winemaker’s Comments The 2013 October Night Chardonnay has vibrant, light golden hues, with aromas of peaches, tropical fruit, orange blossom honey and vanilla. The winemaking techniques, used to enhance the spicy and exotic nature of this Chardonnay, include 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 very attractive and complex bouquet with a soft, rich and seamless texture. — Karl Antink, white wine winemaker COMPOSITION (BLEND): 100% Chardonnay (73% Clone 809 and 27% Clones 95 and 76) MATURATION: Aged in barrel sur lie for 10 months in 45% new oak PH: 3.50 TOTAL ACIDITY: 0.68 g/100 ml ALCOHOL: 14.25% by volume RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.38 g/100ml



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