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J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay 2016

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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Named for the potato-sized stones nestled in the soils, the Riverstone Chardonnay comes from cool, windy Arroyo Seco in Monterey County. Malolactic barrel fermentation with sur lie aging make this wine rich and flavorful, yet balanced by fresh acidity.

Tropical fruit flavors, apricot, nectarine and a toasted oak bouquet make Riverstone the perfect companion for roast chicken and seafood dishes.

Critical Acclaim

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The wine is named for the riverstones deposited over thousands of years by the Arroyo Seco watershed, limiting soil depth. Youthful and lovely, its aromas of peaches and peanut butter are inviting. Crisp, lively, and generous on the palate with flavors of honeydew and honeysuckle. Peach blossom and ripe pear linger on the finish. Creaminess from sur lie aging.
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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
One of America's finest Chardonnay bargains, the 2016 J. Lohr Riverstone deftly combines ripe core fruits, bright minerality, and subtle oak in its flavors. The wine's satisfying and well-balanced palate pair it well with simply prepared seafood dishes. (Tasted: October 22, 2017, San Francisco, CA)
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For two generations, the Lohr family and their team have been leaders in California winegrowing. Founder Jerry Lohr and his three children Steve, Cynthia, and Lawrence oversee one of the country’s most successful and trusted fine wine labels. With first plantings in Monterey in 1972 and then in Paso Robles in 1986, the J. Lohr team helped write the book on sustainable winegrowing on the Central Coast.

Today, J. Lohr farms more than 4,000 acres of estate vineyards in Monterey’s Arroyo Seco and Santa Lucia Highlands appellations, Paso Robles, and St. Helena in the Napa Valley. J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines produces eight tiers of award-winning releases: J. Lohr Sig­na­ture Caber­net Sauvi­gnon, J. Lohr Cuvée Series, J. Lohr Vine­yard Series, J. Lohr Ges­ture, J. Lohr Pure Paso Pro­pri­etary Red Wine, J. Lohr Estates, J. Lohr Mon­terey Roots, and ARIEL Vine­yards. J. Lohr was honored with the 2020 Green Medal Leader Award in recognition of the company’s decades-long commitment to sustainability.

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Named after the dramatic, seasonal river of rain and snowmelt that cuts through the upper elevations of the Santa Lucia Mountains, the Arroyo Seco AVA extends east from the resultant mountain gorge, and into the rural and warm Salinas Valley. During the growing season, cool and damp Pacific Ocean air penetrates the gorge and flows into the valley, creating a cool evening respite for vineyards after a hot summer day. This natural water-release has also created a subterranean aquifer, which helps set the foundation of the AVA's boundaries and supplies the vineyards with water.

Arroyo Seco was actually home to the first commercial vineyard in California, called Mission Ranch, which was owned and propogated by the Mirassou family in the 1960s.

Chardonnay is most widely grown here. But as one of Monterey’s warmer regions, Arroyo Seco enjoys the highest praise for its reds, namely Bordeaux blends.

Arroyo Seco is one of the oldest AVAs in California, its status granted in the early 1980s, and also remains one of its smallest.

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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