Wednesday, January 23, 2008

J. Lohr Vineyards Whites

At Sun Winefest we had the opportunity to do an extensive tasting with Pam at J. Lohr. We seem to run into Pam frequently, so we are all on a first name basis. A few years ago, while in Paso Robles she arranged a wonderful tasting for us at J. Lohr.

Back to the wine. I will review the whites that we tasted first.

Carol's Vineyard Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc – This Sauvignon Blanc is in par with my view of most Sauvignon Blanc's from California. It was nice, but not crisp and grapefruity like I like. It did have hints of minerals and was grassy. I was a good California Sauvignon Blanc, but I tend to like the New Zealand's better.

Arroyo Vista Vineyard Arroyo Seco Chardonnay – This Chardonnay went through the malolactic fermentation. This wine had delicate peach aromas with vanilla and toasty oak on the finish. It was a very nice Chardonnay.

Riverstone Chardonnay – I really liked this one. The finish was a strong lingering butterscotch flavor. It was pretty incredible. It also ad nectarine and peach on the aromas, balanced by a vanilla and toasty oak bouquet. This wine was aged for 6 months in new French and American oak.

Bay Mist Riesling – This Riesling was sweet – about 4% residual sugar. It was a nice Riesling and would go very well with a spicy dish. It had aromas of apricot, lychee and coconut. It has a natural spritz which is produced from a long, cool fermentation.

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