J. Lohr - Chardonnay "Estates Riverstone" 750ml
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Grapes: Chardonnay 100%
Region: USA / California / AVA Arroyo Seco
Type: Full-bodied white wine
Vineyards: 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.
Vinification: Malolactic: 50% malolactic fermentation in barrel
Maturation: Barrel-fermented and aged 7 to 9 months in new to fifth-fill oak barrels.
Color: Hues of light to medium straw
Nose: Aromas reminiscent of peach, nectarine, marmalade, yellow floral, baking spices, and honey.
Palate: Those aromas echo on the palate and are complemented by orange and apricot, and balanced with a creamy texture from aging sur lie. Flavors of crème brûlée and a touch of oak can be found on the long finish.
Food pairing: This wine can be enjoyed with a variety of dishes, including classic herb roasted chicken, citrus marinated halibut, or moules marinière.