J. Lohr "Riverstone" Chardonnay
The vines for our J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay 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.
Nose: Ripe pear, melon and Meyer lemon coalesce with notes of roasted hazelnut, flint, spice and toasty oak.
Palate: The rich texture and balance on the palate from aging sur-lie gives way to flavors of vanilla, crème brûlée and a touch of oak.
Finish: Balanced acidity with a lingering toasty oak finish.
Food Pairing: Pan-roasted pheasant with creamy polenta.