J Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay (750ml)
Three decades ago, the California Central Coast had yet to emerge as one of North America’s world-class winegrowing regions. With little history or viticultural precedent, planting on the Central Coast was a gamble, Jerry Lohr was among the first to realize the vast, untapped potential of this now-acclaimed region.
The Riverstone Chardonnay exhibits youthful hues of light straw. The enticing aromas are reminiscent of white peach, apricot, ripe orange, and cocoa, and complemented by the palate flavors of citrus cream and nectarine. The plate is dry, rich in texture and balanced from aging sur lie. Flavors of vanilla, crème brûlée, and a hint of oak on the long finish.
The vines are grown primarily on Elder loam soils underlain by “riverstones” deposited over thousands of years by the Arroyo Seco River. These stones limit soil depth from one to four feet, although roots are found at greater depths. This unique combination of sandy loam and cobblestone soil keeps the vines’ vegetative growth and fruit in balance, while the cool climate and winds of the Salinas Valley extend the growing season – retaining the natural grape acids and intense varietal character of Chardonnay. 50% malolactic fermentation in barrel and barrel fermented and aged 7 to 9 months in new to fifth-fill American, Hungarian and French oak barrels. The barrels were stirred weekly until they were gently pumped out.